Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Fiji Region (Tonga) on Friday, 27 December 1991 at 02:32 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake  - Fiji Region (Tonga) on Friday, 27 December 1991 at 02:32 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 26 km depth

Date & time: 27 Dec 1991 02:32:43 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 25.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.173°S / 176.4°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Tofua (154 km / 96 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
226 km (140 mi) WNW of Pangai (pop: 1,740)
252 km (157 mi) NNW of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400)
252 km (157 mi) NNW of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400)
259 km (161 mi) NNW of Kolonga (pop: 1,100)
261 km (162 mi) WSW of Neiafu (pop: 4,320)
284 km (176 mi) NNW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240)
452 km (281 mi) SW of Hihifo (pop: 815)
556 km (345 mi) ESE of Suva (Fiji) (pop: 77,400)
Primary data source: USGS
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 6.026 kmFiji region (Tonga)USGS
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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Fiji Region (Tonga) on Friday, 27 December 1991 at 02:32 (GMT)
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