Get our newsletter!
Check out our volcano tours on VolcanoAdventures.com!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - app for iPhone & iPad

Guaranteed tours:
14-27 Mar 2020: Desert, salt and volcanoes - Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
21-28 Mar 2020: Land of Theseus - Saronic Gulf (Greece)
28 Mar - 4 Apr 2020: Land of Theseus - Saronic Gulf (Greece)
11-19 Apr 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy)
4-8 May 2020: Krakatau Volcano Special - Krakatau volcano (Indonesia)
9-17 May 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy)
2-18 Jul 2020: Volcanoes of Java - Java (Indonesia)
11-29 Aug 2020: Kamchatka - Land of Colors - Kamchatka (Russia)
21-31 Aug 2020: Islands of Fire and Whales - Kurile Islands (Russia)
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out
Interactive map of latest earthquakes and active volcanoes in the world

Support us?


Maintaining the volcano and earthquake news sections on this website, the free Volcano Webcams tool and interactive map widget is a free-time, both time- and server cost intensive effort.
If you find the information useful and would like to support us, and help keep it alive and improve it, please consider making a small donation (PayPal).

Online cc payment
Thank you!
Random pictures

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tonga Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - Tonga Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016
Dec 18 19:29: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.4.
Dec 18 21:16: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.0.
Date & time: Sunday, 18 December 2016 19:17 UTC
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.05°S / 173.57°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Kao (184 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2*10^12 J (554 MWh / 477 tons of TNT) [learn more]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience with us and submit a short "I felt it" report.
You can use your GPS or device location as well to show where you were during the earthquake.
- thank you.

Data for same earthquake as reported from other agencies
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 18 Dec 2016
Sun, 18 Dec 19:17 UTCM 5.4 / 10 kmTONGAEMSC
Sun, 18 Dec 19:17 UTCM 5.4 / 10 km- 131km E of Pangai, TongaUSGS
Sun, 18 Dec 19:17 UTCM 5.7Tonga IslandsGeoAu

"I felt it" reports:
Earthquakes in same area up to 1 year afterwards (likely aftershocks)
TimeMag. / DepthLocationMapSource

 

More on VolcanoDiscovery:

Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.