Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Tonga on Tuesday, 24 November 1998 at 23:54 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake  - Tonga on Tuesday, 24 November 1998 at 23:54 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 223 km depth

Date & time: 24 Nov 1998 11:54:46 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 223.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.515°S / 174.751°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Tafahi (133 km / 83 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
120 km (74 mi) WSW of Hihifo (pop: 815)
251 km (156 mi) NNW of Neiafu (Vava‘u) (pop: 4,320)
369 km (230 mi) N of Pangai (Ha'apai) (pop: 1,740)
403 km (250 mi) SW of Asau (Vaisigano, Samoa) (pop: 6,640)
438 km (272 mi) SW of Apia (Tuamasaga, Samoa) (pop: 40,400)
500 km (311 mi) WSW of Pago Pago (Ma'Oputasi, Eastern District, American Samoa) (pop: 11,500)
517 km (321 mi) N of Nuku‘alofa (Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu) (pop: 22,400)
745 km (463 mi) ENE of Suva (Central, Fiji) (pop: 77,400)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 6.1223 kmTongaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.1 quake Tonga 24 November 23:54 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 14 Mar 1999 11:22 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Feb 1999 07:20 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    66 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Tonga on Tuesday, 24 November 1998 at 23:54 (GMT)
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