Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Opotiki District, 86 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Thursday, March 8, 1984 at 00:40 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Opotiki District, 86 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Thursday, March 8, 1984 at 00:40 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 88 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Mar 8, 1984 00:40:50 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 87.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.252°S / 177.224°E (Opotiki District, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)
Antipode: 38.252°N / 2.776°W
Nearest volcano: Whale Island (49 km / 30 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
17 km (10 mi) SE of Waimana (Whakatane District) (pop: 709) --> See nearby quakes!
28 km (17 mi) S of Opotiki (pop: 4,040) --> See nearby quakes!
39 km (24 mi) SSE of Whakatane (pop: 18,600) --> See nearby quakes!
45 km (28 mi) SE of Edgecumbe (pop: 1,640) --> See nearby quakes!
49 km (30 mi) ESE of Kawerau (pop: 6,700) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) WNW of Gisborne (pop: 34,300) --> See nearby quakes!
86 km (54 mi) E of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) SE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300) --> See nearby quakes!
178 km (111 mi) ESE of Hamilton (Waikato) (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
397 km (247 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> 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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6.088 kmNorth Island of New ZealandUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

  • 12 Apr 1984 16:12 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    75.2 km (46.7 mi) depth
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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