Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Monday, 5 August 1996 at 02:08 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake  - Tonga (Samoa) on Monday, 5 August 1996 at 02:08 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 41 km depth

Date & time: 5 Aug 1996 02:08:58 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.7
Depth: 41.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.267°S / 173.126°W (Samoa)
Nearest volcano: Curacoa (70 km / 43 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
105 km (65 mi) NE of Hihifo (Tonga) (pop: 815)
190 km (118 mi) SSW of Vailoa (pop: 769)
198 km (123 mi) SW of Mulifanua (pop: 4,510)
201 km (125 mi) SSW of Asau (Vaisigano) (pop: 6,640)
213 km (133 mi) SW of Afega (Malie, Tuamasaga) (pop: 1,900)
216 km (134 mi) SW of Apia (Tuamasaga) (pop: 40,400)
217 km (135 mi) SSW of Safotu (Gaga'ifomauga) (pop: 1,210)
689 km (428 mi) NNE of Nuku‘alofa (Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga) (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!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 6.741 kmTonga (Samoa)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.7 quake Tonga (Samoa) 5 August 02:08 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 12 Nov 1996 01:42 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    88 km (55 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Aug 1996 17:01 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Monday, 5 August 1996 at 02:08 (GMT)
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