Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 109 km west of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Tuesday, 15 August 2006 at 23:53 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 154 km depth
Date & time: 15 Aug 2006 23:53:46 UTC
Depth: 154.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.189°S / 176.25°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 21.15°S/175.75°W (52 km / 32 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
108 km (67 mi) W of Haveluloto (pop: 3,420) --> See nearby quakes!
109 km (68 mi) W of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
109 km (68 mi) W of Nuku‘alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) W of Kolonga (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
136 km (84 mi) W of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
250 km (155 mi) SW of Pangai (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
369 km (229 mi) SW of Neiafu (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
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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|M 6.1||154 km||Fiji region (Tonga)||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
- 31 Dec 2006 01:00 UTC| M 4.2 |223.1 km (138.6 mi) depth|56 km (35 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 18 Aug 2006 22:09 UTC| M 4.1 |261.8 km (162.7 mi) depth|54 km (33 mi) distance| USGS | Details