Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Fiji Region on Wednesday, 26 January 1972 at 23:00 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Fiji Region on Wednesday, 26 January 1972 at 23:00 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 643 km depth

Date & time: 26 Jan 1972 11:00:24 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 643.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.113°S / 178.892°W (Fiji)
Nearest volcano: Kabara (129 km / 80 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
295 km (184 mi) SE of Levuka (Lomaiviti, Eastern Division) (pop: 8,360)
356 km (221 mi) SE of Suva (Balrampur, Central) (pop: 77,400)
401 km (249 mi) WNW of Nuku‘alofa (Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga) (pop: 22,400)
449 km (279 mi) SSE of Labasa (Northern Division) (pop: 27,900)
461 km (287 mi) SE of Ba (Western Division) (pop: 14,600)
466 km (289 mi) SE of Nadi (Ba Province, Western) (pop: 42,300)
475 km (295 mi) SE of Lautoka (Seixal Municipality, Western) (pop: 52,500)
540 km (336 mi) WSW of Neiafu (Vava‘u, Tonga) (pop: 4,320)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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M 6.5643 kmFiji regionUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake Fiji Region 26 January 23:00 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 16 Jul 1972 00:29 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    615.3 km (382.3 mi) depth
    81 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Fiji Region on Wednesday, 26 January 1972 at 23:00 (GMT)
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