Strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 141 km west of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Saturday, 23 June 1990 at 21:38 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 141 km west of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Saturday, 23 June 1990 at 21:38 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 181 km depth

Date & time: 23 Jun 1990 21:38:18 UTC
Magnitude: 6.9
Depth: 180.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.568°S / 176.483°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 21.38°S/175.65°W (89 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
139 km (87 mi) WSW of Haveluloto (pop: 3,420) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) WSW of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) WSW of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
154 km (96 mi) WSW of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) W of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
295 km (183 mi) SW of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
416 km (259 mi) SW of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1015 joules (392 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 21.1 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.9181 kmFiji region (Tonga)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 13 Dec 1990 16:27 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    209.9 km (130.4 mi) depth
    |
    70 km (43 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Nov 1990 05:12 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    143.3 km (89 mi) depth
    |
    155 km (96 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Oct 1990 19:05 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    497.6 km (309.2 mi) depth
    |
    169 km (105 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Oct 1990 22:02 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    248.4 km (154.3 mi) depth
    |
    159 km (99 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Aug 1990 19:29 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    490 km (304.5 mi) depth
    |
    140 km (87 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Jul 1990 23:49 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    201.9 km (125.5 mi) depth
    |
    122 km (76 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jul 1990 17:34 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    202.6 km (125.9 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Jun 1990 05:10 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    189.1 km (117.5 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jun 1990 08:35 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    193.2 km (120 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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