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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa) on Friday, 8 November 2019 - information

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa) on Friday, 8 November 2019

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake  - 98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa) on Friday, 8 November 2019
8 Nov 09:50 UTC: First to report: USGS after 9 minutes.
Nov 8 10:00: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 5.9.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 80.4 to 10.0 km.
Nov 8 17:50: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 5.8.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 35.0 km.
Date & time: Friday, 8 November 2019 09:41 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 2019-11-07 21:41:14 -12:00
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.7639°S / 172.8501°W (Samoa)
Nearest volcano: Curacoa (117 km / 73 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
103 km (64 mi) NE of Hihifo (pop: 800)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 5.8 / 35 km98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa)USGS
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 5.8 / 10 kmSamoa Islands RegionGFZ
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 5.9 / 10 kmSamoa Islands RegionEMSC
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 5.8 / 10 kmTonga Islands (Samoa)BMKG
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 6.0 / 18 kmTonga [Sea] (Samoa)INGV
Fri, 8 Nov 09:41 UTCM 5.8 / 32.7 kmSamoa Islands RegionGeoAu

User reports for this quake

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Apia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Cupboards room and bed were shaking, cups and plates moved
Brisbane, QLD, Australia. / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Russia. Sankt-Peterburg.not felt. / not felt : Не почувствовал и не ощущал, нахожусь дома, обедаю, всё тихо и спокойно, висячие предметы интерьера в норме, люсры и связка ключей в норме, посуда не звинела. Да, пожалуйста оставайтесь в безопасности, берегите Себя, Своих родных и близких людей. Да, геология рулит.))),!!!
Leififi, Apia, Samoa / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Apia, Samoa / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It did not last long, but it was powerful.
Pago Pago, American Samoa / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Apia / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Apia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke me up
(Samoa, 247 km NE of epicenter) : Ich wurde in meinem Hotel in Apia durch ein mehrere Sekunden lang (10 ?) anhaltendes Vibrieren aufgeweckt. (reported through EMSC)
Maoputasi (American Samoa, 286 km NE of epicenter) : Your website should've (reported through EMSC)
(Samoa, 246 km NE of epicenter) : House shook for about 6 seconds, no breakage. Could hear a rumbling sound. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.8 quake: 98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa), 8 Nov 2019 09h41

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 08 Nov 2019 15:52 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    24.4 km (15.2 mi) depth
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | GeoAu | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 98km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa) on Friday, 8 November 2019

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