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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 267 km west of Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:28 am (GMT -12) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 267 km west of Nukalofa, Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:28 am (GMT -12) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 267 km west of Nukalofa, Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:28 am (GMT -12)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 499 km depth

24 May 18:40 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 12 minutes.
24 May 18:49: Now using data updates from USGS
25 May 15:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 478.2 to 499.1 km (from 297 to 310 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9.9 km (6.1 mi) towards WNW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 24, 2022 18:28:10 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:28 am (GMT -12)
Depth499.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude20.5039°S / 177.678°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)
Antipode20.504°N / 2.322°E
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoUnnamed 21.15°S/175.75°W (213 km / 132 mi)
Nearby towns and cities267 km (166 mi) WNW of Nukalofa (Nuku'alofa, Tonga) (pop: 22,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
267 km (166 mi) WNW of Nuku‘alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
280 km (174 mi) WNW of Kolonga (Tonga) (pop: 1,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
298 km (185 mi) WNW of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua, Tonga) (pop: 1,240) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
355 km (221 mi) WSW of Bangai (Pangai, Tonga) (pop: 1,740) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
439 km (273 mi) WSW of Neiafu (Tonga) (pop: 4,320) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 26°C (79 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
5.0499 kmFiji: 266 Km WNW of Haveluloto, TongaUSGS
5.0499 kmFiji Islands RegionRaspberryShake
4.9505 kmFiji Islands RegionGFZ


Seismic station: Monasavu, Fiji (MSVF/II network) | Distance from quake: 543 km / 338 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Monasavu, Fiji: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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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.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jul 10, 2022 09:11
12 weeks ago

470 km
South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 273 km W of Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, TongatapuMore
Jun 4, 2022 20:07
17 weeks ago

483 km
South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 269 km W of Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, TongatapuMore
May 24, 2022 18:28
18 weeks ago

485 km
South Pacific Ocean, Fiji, 265 km W of Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, TongatapuMore

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