Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Tonga on Friday, 21 December 1990 at 05:29 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - Tonga on Friday, 21 December 1990 at 05:29 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 13 km depth

Date & time: 21 Dec 1990 05:29:28 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 13.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.467°S / 174.161°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Feinga Seamount (110 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
75 km (47 mi) SSE of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (74 mi) NE of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) NE of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
132 km (82 mi) NE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
132 km (82 mi) NE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
203 km (126 mi) S of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
471 km (293 mi) WSW of Alofi (Niue) (pop: 624) --> See nearby quakes!
475 km (295 mi) WSW of Hakupu (Niue) (pop: 221) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.813 kmTongaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.8 quake Tonga 21 December 1990 05:29 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (16 quakes):
  • 12 May 1991 12:27 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    34.4 km (21.4 mi) depth
    |
    140 km (87 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 May 1991 02:23 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    142 km (88 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Apr 1991 06:54 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    39 km (24.2 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Apr 1991 23:55 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    34.2 km (21.3 mi) depth
    |
    127 km (79 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Apr 1991 01:47 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    92 km (57 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Mar 1991 14:40 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    105 km (65 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Feb 1991 17:58 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Feb 1991 04:45 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    40.1 km (24.9 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Feb 1991 16:17 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    36.5 km (22.7 mi) depth
    |
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Feb 1991 22:14 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    32.3 km (20.1 mi) depth
    |
    130 km (81 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Feb 1991 12:07 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    |
    128 km (80 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Jan 1991 02:56 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    137 km (85 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Jan 1991 09:34 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    126 km (78 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1991 17:28 UTC
    | M 6.0 |
    29.1 km (18.1 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Tonga on Tuesday, 1 January 1991 at 17:28 (GMT)
  • 30 Dec 1990 14:31 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    76 km (47 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Dec 1990 08:22 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    30.9 km (19.2 mi) depth
    |
    152 km (94 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Tonga on Friday, 21 December 1990 at 05:29 (GMT)
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