Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 166 km south of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Wednesday, 27 December 1967 at 16:22 (GMT)
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Very strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 15 km depth
Date & time: 27 Dec 1967 16:22:47 UTC
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.548°S / 174.673°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Ata Volcanic Complex (160 km / 99 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
138 km (86 mi) SSE of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) SSE of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
166 km (103 mi) SSE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
166 km (103 mi) SSE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) S of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
439 km (273 mi) S of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 6.5||15 km||Tonga region||USGS|
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