Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 175 km south of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 02:27 (GMT) -
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Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 44 km depth
16 Jan 17:20 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 15 hours.
Date & time: 16 Jan 2020 02:27:19 UTC -
Depth: 44.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.64°S / 175.7°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 21.38°S/175.65°W (140 km / 87 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
165 km (102 mi) SSW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) SSW of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) SSW of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) SSW of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
344 km (214 mi) SSW of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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|M 5.0||44 km||Tonga Islands Region||GFZ|
|M 5.2||51 km||Tonga Islands Region||BMKG|
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