Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Tonga on Wednesday, 4 November 1981 at 14:38 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake  - Tonga on Wednesday, 4 November 1981 at 14:38 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 4 Nov 1981 14:38:10 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.046°S / 174.276°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Tofua (89 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
27 km (17 mi) SSE of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) NE of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
155 km (96 mi) NE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
155 km (96 mi) NE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
158 km (98 mi) S of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) NNE of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.333 kmTongaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.3 quake Tonga 4 November 1981 14:38 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 08 Apr 1982 11:40 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Mar 1982 00:50 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    83 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Dec 1981 10:48 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17706 km (11002 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 16 Dec 1981 20:45 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Tonga on Wednesday, 4 November 1981 at 14:38 (GMT)
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