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Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Australia, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm (GMT +10) -

Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Australia, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm (GMT +10) Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Australia, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm (GMT +10)

Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

19 May 10:19 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 6 minutes.
19 May 10:23: Now using data updates from GeoAu
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19 May 20:27: Epicenter location corrected by 3.3 km (2.1 mi) towards NW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 19, 2022 10:13:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, May 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm (GMT +10)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude54.007°S / 159.137°E (South Pacific Ocean, Australia)
Antipode54.007°N / 20.863°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking
Felt6 reports
Primary data sourceGeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
Nearby towns and cities
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 3.8°C (39 F), humidity: 67%, wind: 14 m/s (27 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 x 1015 joules (392 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 21.1 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.
6.910 kmAustralia: Macquarie Island, Southern OceanGeoAu
6.910 kmAustralia: New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
6.810 kmAustralia: Macquarie Island RegionGFZ
6.910 kmAustralia: Macquarie Island RegionUSGS
6.910 kmAustralia: Macquarie Island RegionRaspberryShake
6.410 kmAustralia: Near ChristchurchRENASS
6.610.2 kmAustralia [Sea]INGV


Seismic station: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGUH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 12802 km / 7955 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tegucigalpa, Honduras: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-2.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (14)

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8a rippingale road hanmer springs New Zealand (1624.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Lateral sway that lasted a bit more than a few seconds | 6 users found this interesting.  
Essendon / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : 30 second rumble | 4 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Invercargill NZ (1069.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I live in caravan so quakes more noticeable. Movement seemed to stop and start a couple of times. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Beauty point Tasmania (1696.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : 01.02am 20 May 22 rumbling sound, then clanging noise started, then birds sqwalking, followed by cracks and shuddering, the boat then rocked violently from side to side then the sound of water sloshing against the boat. Recorded on mobile audio, total tim  
Hervey bay, Australia / not felt : Nothing felt. | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
41 km of Mortlake, Moyne, Victoria (2197.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Felt nothing. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Toormina, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales (2674.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Campbelltown, South Australia (2656.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Brisbane (2983.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Topeka, KS / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s
Mexico / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / several minutes
Lavington / not felt
18 Pearce Court, Gisborne, Victoria, Australia / not felt
Seven Hills / not felt (reported through our app)


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Aug 16, 2022 07:09
32 weeks ago

9.7 km
South Pacific Ocean, AustraliaMore
May 19, 2022 17:13
45 weeks ago

33 km
South Pacific Ocean, AustraliaMore

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