Mag. 3.6 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Sunday, 23 October 1983 at 13:07 (GMT)

Mag. 3.6 earthquake  - Tonga (Samoa) on Sunday, 23 October 1983 at 13:07 (GMT)

Minor magnitude 3.6 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 23 Oct 1983 13:07:43 UTC
Magnitude: 3.6
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.952°S / 173.269°W (Samoa)
Nearest volcano: Tafahi (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
56 km (35 mi) E of Hihifo (Tonga) (pop: 815) --> See nearby quakes!
265 km (165 mi) SSW of Vailoa (pop: 769) --> See nearby quakes!
271 km (168 mi) SSW of Mulifanua (pop: 4,510) --> See nearby quakes!
278 km (172 mi) SSW of Fasito‘outa (pop: 2,100) --> See nearby quakes!
279 km (173 mi) SSW of Asau (pop: 6,640) --> See nearby quakes!
286 km (178 mi) SW of Apia (pop: 40,400) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) SW of Lufilufi (pop: 1,070) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) SSW of Safotu (pop: 1,210) --> See nearby quakes!
327 km (203 mi) SW of Tāfuna (Tualauta, American Samoa) (pop: 11,000) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) SW of Pago Pago (Ma'Oputasi, American Samoa) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1010 joules (4.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 3.79 tons of TNT) More info
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M 3.633 kmTonga (Samoa)USGS
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Mag. 3.6 earthquake - Tonga (Samoa) on Sunday, 23 October 1983 at 13:07 (GMT)
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