Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, on Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:13 pm (GMT +12) -

Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, on Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:13 pm (GMT +12)

Moderate magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 563 km depth

27 Feb 02:21 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
27 Feb 02:23: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 567.0 to 559.0 km (from 352 to 347 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 7.7 km (4.8 mi) towards SW.
27 Feb 07:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 559.0 to 563.0 km (from 347 to 350 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.1 km (6.3 mi) towards WNW.
Date & time: 27 Feb 2021 02:13:02 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:13 pm (GMT +12)
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 563.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.5°S / 177.98°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)
Nearby towns and cities:
380 km (236 mi) E of Suva (pop: 77,400) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (254 mi) WNW of Pangai (Tonga) (pop: 1,740) --> See nearby quakes!
413 km (257 mi) NW of Nuku'alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
413 km (257 mi) NW of Nuku‘alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (262 mi) W of Neiafu (Tonga) (pop: 4,320) --> See nearby quakes!
423 km (263 mi) NW of Kolonga (Tonga) (pop: 1,100) --> See nearby quakes!
447 km (278 mi) NW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua, Tonga) (pop: 1,240) --> See nearby quakes!
527 km (327 mi) SW of Hihifo (Tonga) (pop: 815) --> See nearby quakes!
418 km (260 mi) NW of Amsterdam Island (pop: 75,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 26°C (79 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
5.6563 kmFiji Islands RegionGFZ
5.5539 kmFiji Islands RegionBMKG
5.6554 km293 Km E of Levuka, FijiUSGS
5.6556 kmFiji Islands RegionGeoAu

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 31 Mar 2021 17:39 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    603 km (374.7 mi) depth
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 22 Mar 2021 19:51 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    548.3 km (340.7 mi) depth
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Mar 2021 02:05 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    585 km (363.5 mi) depth
    30 km (19 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 07 Mar 2021 20:50 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    524.3 km (325.8 mi) depth
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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