Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Samoa Islands Region (Tonga) on Tuesday, 12 May 1992 at 18:05 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake  - Samoa Islands Region (Tonga) on Tuesday, 12 May 1992 at 18:05 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: 12 May 1992 06:05:42 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.7
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.524°S / 172.367°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Tafahi (163 km / 101 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
165 km (103 mi) ESE of Hihifo (pop: 815)
292 km (182 mi) NE of Neiafu (pop: 4,320)
301 km (187 mi) SW of Tāfuna (Tualauta, American Samoa) (pop: 11,000)
302 km (187 mi) S of Mulifanua (Samoa) (pop: 4,510)
306 km (190 mi) SSW of Apia (Samoa) (pop: 40,400)
422 km (262 mi) NNE of Pangai (pop: 1,740)
594 km (369 mi) NNE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400)
594 km (369 mi) NNE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1014 joules (197 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 10.6 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.715 kmSamoa Islands region (Tonga)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.7 quake Samoa Islands Region (Tonga) 12 May 18:05 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 08 Sep 1992 11:31 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    95.4 km (59.3 mi) depth
    107 km (66 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Aug 1992 13:43 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    19.6 km (12.2 mi) depth
    4 km (3 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jun 1992 06:41 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    38 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 May 1992 23:34 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Samoa Islands Region (Tonga) on Tuesday, 12 May 1992 at 18:05 (GMT)
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