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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Fiji Islands Region on Friday, 7 May 2021 at 23:35 (GMT) - information

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, on 7 May 11:35 am (GMT -12)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, on 7 May 11:35 am (GMT -12) Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, on 7 May 11:35 am (GMT -12)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 384 km depth

7 May 23:44 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
7 May 23:46: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 6.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 376.0 to 375.0 km (from 234 to 233 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards NW.
8 May 06:14: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 375.0 to 384.0 km (from 233 to 239 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 15 km (9.6 mi) towards NW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 7, 2021 23:35:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter7 May 11:35 am (GMT -12)
Depth384.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude18.74°S / 177.63°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)
Antipode18.74°N / 2.37°E
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities364 km (226 mi) WNW of Bangai (Pangai, Tonga) (pop: 1,740) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
368 km (229 mi) NW of Nukalofa (Nuku'alofa, Tonga) (pop: 22,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
368 km (229 mi) NW of Nuku‘alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
378 km (235 mi) NW of Kolonga (Tonga) (pop: 1,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
384 km (239 mi) W of Neiafu (Tonga) (pop: 4,320) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
402 km (250 mi) NW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua, Tonga) (pop: 1,240) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
372 km (231 mi) NW of Amsterdam Island (pop: 75,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 25.9°C (79 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 14 m/s (26 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
6.0384 kmFiji Islands RegionGFZ
6.0415 kmFiji Islands RegionBMKG
5.9369 kmNear Nouméa, FijiRENASS
6.1384 kmFiji RegionUSGS
6.1377 kmFiji Islands RegionGeoAu


Seismic station: Funafuti, Tuvalu (FUNA/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1186 km / 737 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Funafuti, Tuvalu: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (3)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Tauranga (2195.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Maryborough Queensland / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe
One Tree Point, bream bay, Whangarei / not felt


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Oct 22, 2021 14:21
1 year 7 weeks ago

658 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
Sep 29, 2021 07:23
1 year 10 weeks ago

509 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
Aug 12, 2021 03:47
1 year 17 weeks ago

532 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
Jul 27, 2021 19:03
1 year 19 weeks ago

587 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
Jun 18, 2021 23:04
1 year 25 weeks ago

607 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
Jun 5, 2021 20:46
1 year 27 weeks ago

617 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore
May 21, 2021 01:19
1 year 29 weeks ago

640 km
South Pacific Ocean, FijiMore

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