Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 133 km southwest of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Sunday, 27 December 1998 at 00:38 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 133 km southwest of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Sunday, 27 December 1998 at 00:38 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 144 km depth

Date & time: 27 Dec 1998 00:38:26 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 144.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.632°S / 176.376°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 21.38°S/175.65°W (80 km / 50 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
132 km (82 mi) WSW of Haveluloto (pop: 3,420) --> See nearby quakes!
133 km (83 mi) WSW of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
133 km (83 mi) WSW of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
147 km (91 mi) WSW of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
151 km (94 mi) WSW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
292 km (181 mi) SW of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
415 km (258 mi) SW of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.8144 kmFiji region (Tonga)USGS
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