Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Wednesday, 16 October 2002 at 14:13 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake  - Tonga (Samoa) on Wednesday, 16 October 2002 at 14:13 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 16 Oct 2002 02:13:12 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.676°S / 173.048°W (Samoa)
Nearest volcano: Curacoa (67 km / 42 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
86 km (53 mi) ENE of Hihifo (Tonga) (pop: 815)
232 km (144 mi) SSW of Mulifanua (pop: 4,510)
244 km (152 mi) S of Asau (Vaisigano) (pop: 6,640)
245 km (152 mi) SSW of Afega (Malie, Tuamasaga) (pop: 1,900)
247 km (153 mi) SSW of Apia (Tuamasaga) (pop: 40,400)
257 km (160 mi) SSW of Safotu (Gaga'ifomauga) (pop: 1,210)
291 km (181 mi) WSW of Tāfuna (Tualauta, Western District, American Samoa) (pop: 11,000)
649 km (403 mi) NNE of Nuku‘alofa (Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga) (pop: 22,400)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.033 kmTonga (Samoa)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.0 quake Tonga (Samoa) 16 October 14:13 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (16 quakes):
  • 01 Apr 2003 04:24 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Mar 2003 06:10 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Mar 2003 08:34 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Feb 2003 01:45 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Jan 2003 19:04 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Jan 2003 04:37 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    37 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Jan 2003 20:02 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jan 2003 21:43 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jan 2003 21:33 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    55 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Jan 2003 23:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Dec 2002 21:06 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    57.3 km (35.6 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Dec 2002 19:14 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Dec 2002 18:15 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    59 km (37 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Dec 2002 09:41 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Dec 2002 07:56 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Oct 2002 02:45 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Wednesday, 16 October 2002 at 14:13 (GMT)
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