Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South of the Fiji Islands (New Zealand) on Tuesday, 23 July 1996 at 03:32 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - South of the Fiji Islands (New Zealand) on Tuesday, 23 July 1996 at 03:32 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 23 Jul 1996 03:32:12 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 26.753°S / 177.199°W (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Rakahore (21 km / 13 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
645 km (401 mi) SSW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua, Tonga) (pop: 1,240)
657 km (408 mi) SSW of Nuku'alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400)
662 km (411 mi) SSW of Kolonga (Tonga) (pop: 1,100)
825 km (512 mi) SSW of Pangai (Tonga) (pop: 1,740)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.533 kmsouth of the Fiji Islands (New Zealand)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake South of the Fiji Islands (New Zealand) 23 July 03:32 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (22 quakes):
  • 16 Jan 1997 10:40 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Nov 1996 15:23 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Nov 1996 12:13 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Nov 1996 10:05 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Oct 1996 10:53 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    200 km (124.3 mi) depth
    |
    105 km (65 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Oct 1996 13:09 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Oct 1996 14:02 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Oct 1996 00:14 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    66 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Sep 1996 07:12 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    89 km (55 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Aug 1996 10:35 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Aug 1996 23:30 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    200 km (124.3 mi) depth
    |
    55 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Aug 1996 22:27 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Aug 1996 19:39 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Aug 1996 19:24 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Aug 1996 16:23 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Jul 1996 22:25 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    95.1 km (59.1 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South of the Fiji Islands (New Zealand) on Tuesday, 23 July 1996 at 03:32 (GMT)
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