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Great mag. 8.0 earthquake - Tonga on Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Great mag. 8.0 earthquake  - Tonga on Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Date & time: Wednesday, 3 May 2006 15:26 UTC
Magnitude: 8.0
Depth: 55.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.187°S / 174.123°W (Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Feinga Seamount (109 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
48 km (30 mi) SE of Pangai (pop: 1,700)
154 km (96 mi) NE of ‘Ohonua (pop: 1,200)
154 km (96 mi) NE of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400)
172 km (107 mi) S of Neiafu (pop: 4,300)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1016 joules (17527 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.5 x 107 tons of TNT or 942.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Wed, 3 May 15:26 UTCM 8.0 / 55 km TongaUSGS
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.

Aftershocks of the 8.0 quake: Tonga, 3 May 2006 15h26

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (273 quakes):
  • 05 May 2009 03:20 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    296 km (184 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Apr 2009 15:18 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    192.2 km (119.4 mi) depth
    |
    331 km (206 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Apr 2009 12:16 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    259 km (161 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Apr 2009 08:14 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    264 km (164 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Apr 2009 11:59 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    270 km (168 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Apr 2009 11:07 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    265 km (165 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Mar 2009 22:06 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    58.5 km (36.4 mi) depth
    |
    332 km (206 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17686 km (10990 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 28 Mar 2009 05:07 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    57.5 km (35.7 mi) depth
    |
    361 km (224 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17686 km (10990 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 26 Mar 2009 10:00 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    42.3 km (26.3 mi) depth
    |
    338 km (210 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Mar 2009 21:46 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    59.1 km (36.7 mi) depth
    |
    423 km (263 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Mar 2009 06:31 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    29.9 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    406 km (253 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Mar 2009 04:43 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    36.3 km (22.6 mi) depth
    |
    315 km (196 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Mar 2009 17:38 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    380 km (236 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17686 km (10990 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • Show all

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