Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 141 km south of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Monday, 14 January 1980 at 12:19 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 33 km depth
Date & time: 14 Jan 1980 12:19:40 UTC
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.398°S / 175.035°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Ata Volcanic Complex (121 km / 75 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
119 km (74 mi) S of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (87 mi) S of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) S of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) S of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) SSW of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
431 km (268 mi) SSW of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 6.0||33 km||Tonga region||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
- 27 May 1980 02:39 UTC| M 4.8 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|37 km (23 mi) distance| USGS | Details