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Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - 31 km north of Nakaza Island, Solomon Islands, on Sunday, April 19, 1936 at 05:07 GMT

Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - 31 km north of Nakaza Island, Solomon Islands, on Sunday, April 19, 1936 at 05:07 GMT Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - 31 km north of Nakaza Island, Solomon Islands, on Sunday, April 19, 1936 at 05:07 GMT

Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake at 20 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 19, 1936 05:07:17 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude7.613°S / 156.557°E (Solomon Islands)
Antipode7.613°N / 23.443°W
Shaking intensityVery strong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoNonda (8 km / 5 mi)
Nearby towns and cities63 km (39 mi) NNW of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
136 km (84 mi) SE of Buin (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
187 km (116 mi) SE of Panguna (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
189 km (117 mi) SE of Arawa (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
340 km (211 mi) W of Buala (pop: 2,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
418 km (259 mi) WNW of Malango (pop: 10,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
425 km (264 mi) WNW of Honiara (pop: 56,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
429 km (266 mi) WNW of Tulagi (Florida Islands) (pop: 1,750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released7.9 x 1015 joules (2206 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.9 x 106 tons of TNT or 118.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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7.420 kmSolomon IslandsUSGS
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User reports for this quake

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Sep 23, 1937 13:06
85 years ago

35 km
173 km W of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 17, 1936 13:59
86 years ago

15 km
59 km S of Green Island, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore

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