Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 199 km east of Nggilanggila Island, Fiji, on Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 6:08 am (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake  - South Pacific Ocean, 199 km east of Nggilanggila Island, Fiji, on Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 6:08 am (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 10 km depth

21 Dec 17:22 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 13 minutes.
21 Dec 17:24: Epicenter location corrected by 21 km (13 mi) towards S.
21 Dec 17:42: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.8. Epicenter location corrected by 20 km (12 mi) towards NNW.
22 Dec 07:14: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.7.
Date & time: 21 Dec 2020 17:08:55 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 6:08 am (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 5.7
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.7°S / 177.24°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)
Nearest volcano: Niuafo'ou (200 km / 124 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
285 km (177 mi) SSE of Leava (Sigave, Wallis & Futuna) (pop: 480) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (234 mi) WSW of Hihifo (Tonga) (pop: 815) --> See nearby quakes!
397 km (247 mi) SSW of Mata-Utu (Hahake, Wallis & Futuna) (pop: 1,200) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (253 mi) WNW of Neiafu (Tonga) (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
461 km (287 mi) NW of Pangai (Tonga) (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
486 km (302 mi) ENE of Suva (pop: 77,400) --> See nearby quakes!
191 km (119 mi) ENE of Vanuabalavu Island --> See nearby quakes!
307 km (191 mi) ESE of Chicobea Island --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Moderate Rain 27.5°C (82 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.710 km- 237 km SSE of Alo, Wallis and FutunaGFZ
M 5.72 kmFIJI REGIONEMSC
M 5.610 kmFiji Islands RegionBMKG
M 5.710 km237 Km SSE of Alo, Wallis And Futuna, FijiUSGS
M 5.839 kmFiji Islands RegionGeoAu
M 5.610 kmFiji Islands RegionBMKG

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San Pedro (8390.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Bed was I guess you can say swinging horizontally forward and backwards for about 20 to 30 seconds.. | 2 users found this interesting.
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Aftershocks of the 5.7 quake South Pacific Ocean, 199 km east of Nggilanggila Island, Fiji, 22 Dec 2020 6:08 am (GMT +13)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 12 Jan 2021 13:46 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    442.2 km (274.8 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 199 km east of Nggilanggila Island, Fiji, on Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 6:08 am (GMT +13)
    Hint: Click on Date/Time to show latest first
  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 19 Aug 2018 00:19
    | 8.1 |
    566km / 352mi
    |
    2 years ago
    |
    185km / 115mi
    | Fiji Islands Region
  • 09 Mar 1994 23:28
    | 7.6 |
    563km / 350mi
    |
    27 years ago
    |
    194km / 121mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 23 May 1956 20:48
    | 7.6 |
    419km / 260mi
    |
    65 years ago
    |
    218km / 136mi
    | Fiji Region (Wallis & Futuna)
  • 29 Mar 1998 19:48
    | 7.2 |
    537km / 334mi
    |
    23 years ago
    |
    218km / 136mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 15 Jul 2004 04:27
    | 7.1 |
    566km / 351mi
    |
    17 years ago
    |
    193km / 120mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 22 May 1972 20:45
    | 7.1 |
    222km / 138mi
    |
    49 years ago
    |
    259km / 161mi
    | Tonga
  • 25 Aug 1963 12:18
    | 7.0 |
    570km / 354mi
    |
    57 years ago
    |
    185km / 115mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 28 Apr 2001 04:49
    | 6.9 |
    352km / 219mi
    |
    20 years ago
    |
    155km / 96mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 22 Sep 1950 23:53
    | 6.8 |
    400km / 249mi
    |
    70 years ago
    |
    104km / 65mi
    | Fiji Region
  • 17 Sep 1983 12:11
    | 6.7 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    37 years ago
    |
    26km / 16mi
    | Fiji Region
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