Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 159 km east of Neiafu, Vava‘u, Tonga, on 2019-10-19 00:53:12 -11:00 -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - South Pacific Ocean, 159 km east of Neiafu, Vava‘u, Tonga, on 2019-10-19 00:53:12 -11:00

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

19 Oct 12:17 UTC: First to report: USGS after 25 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 31.7 to 10.0 km.
Date & time: 19 Oct 2019 11:53:12 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 2019-10-19 00:53:12 -11:00
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.6668°S / 172.4746°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 18.325°S/174.365°W (201 km / 125 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
159 km (99 mi) E of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
235 km (146 mi) ENE of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (169 mi) W of Alofi (Niue) (pop: 624) --> See nearby quakes!
281 km (174 mi) W of Mutalau (Niue) (pop: 133) --> See nearby quakes!
281 km (175 mi) W of Hakupu (Niue) (pop: 221) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) SSE of Hihifo (pop: 815) --> See nearby quakes!
386 km (240 mi) NE of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
394 km (245 mi) NE of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) NE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) NE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
479 km (297 mi) SE of Niuafo‘ou Island --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.310 km159km E of Neiafu, TongaUSGS
M 5.310 kmTonga RegionEMSC
M 4.975 kmTonga Islands RegionBMKG

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Dededo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Roused from sleep moderate to strong shaking lasted maybe 5 to 6 seconds. Only one other family member at the time reported experiencing it from another village-yigo, Guam.
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake South Pacific Ocean, 159 km east of Neiafu, Vava‘u, Tonga, 2019-10-19 00:53:12 -11:00

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 20 Oct 2019 08:08 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Oct 2019 04:32 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 159 km east of Neiafu, Vava‘u, Tonga, on 2019-10-19 00:53:12 -11:00
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  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 30 Apr 1919 07:17
    | 8.1 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    102 years ago
    |
    35km / 22mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 03 May 2006 15:26
    | 8.0 |
    55km / 34mi
    |
    15 years ago
    |
    242km / 150mi
    | Tonga
  • 02 Apr 1977 07:15
    | 7.6 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    44 years ago
    |
    223km / 138mi
    | Samoa Islands Region (Tonga)
  • 27 Feb 1921 18:23
    | 7.4 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    65km / 40mi
    | Tonga
  • 06 Oct 1987 04:19
    | 7.3 |
    16km / 9.9mi
    |
    33 years ago
    |
    85km / 53mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 08 Oct 1988 04:46
    | 7.1 |
    35km / 22mi
    |
    32 years ago
    |
    13km / 8mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 17 Jun 1978 15:11
    | 7.0 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    43 years ago
    |
    176km / 109mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 27 Nov 1949 08:42
    | 6.6 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    71 years ago
    |
    136km / 84mi
    | Tonga
  • 02 Jun 1982 12:37
    | 6.4 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    39 years ago
    |
    65km / 40mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 07 Feb 1936 00:48
    | 6.4 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    85 years ago
    |
    94km / 59mi
    | Tonga
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