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Latest quakes in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga - list, stats and map

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Mag. 4.8 earthquake South Pacific Ocean, Vava'u, Tonga - Feb 24, 2024 -
Strongest since 2024Mag. 6.4 South Pacific Ocean, Ha‘apai, Tonga - Jan 19, 2024 -
Updated: Mar 2, 2024 19:24 GMT -
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There were no significant confirmed earthquakes in or near Nukalofa in the past 24 hours.
There have been 0 quakes of magnitude 6.0+ in or near Nukalofa since 2024. See all quakes in the past 24 hours!
Latest: Mag. 4.8 Earthquake South Pacific Ocean, 53 km W of Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga -
Strongest: Mag. 6.4 Earthquake South Pacific Ocean, 99 km N of Tofua Island, Ha‘apai, Tonga -

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Showing all recent or significant quakes since 2024, magnitude 0 or higher, within up to 300 km (186 mi) distance (27 quakes):
Date and TimeMag
Depth
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Feb 24, 05:44 pm (universal)
Feb 24, 17:44 GMT
4.8

8.3 km
297 km (184 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 53 km west of Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga
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Friday, February 23, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 23, 08:32 pm (Tongatapu)
Feb 23, 07:32 GMT
5.3

112 km
216 km (134 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 66 km northeast of Tofua Island, Ha‘apai, Tonga 1 reportInfo
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 22, 03:07 am (GMT +13)
Feb 21, 14:07 GMT

5.4

279 km
178 km (111 mi) to the W South Pacific Ocean, 179 km west of Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Info
Sunday, February 18, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 18, 05:32 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 18, 04:32 GMT

5.0

10 km
171 km (106 mi) to the E South Pacific Ocean, 154 km northeast of Middelburg Island, ʻEua, Tonga Info
Friday, February 16, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 17, 03:00 am (GMT +13)
Feb 16, 14:00 GMT
4.5

326 km
241 km (149 mi) to the NW South Pacific Ocean, Fiji Info
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 14, 08:20 am (GMT -12)
Feb 14, 20:20 GMT

4.5

564 km
291 km (181 mi) to the NW South Pacific Ocean, Fiji Info
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Jan 31, 11:49 pm (GMT +13)
Jan 31, 10:49 GMT
5.8

186 km
274 km (170 mi) to the SW South Pacific Ocean, 274 km southwest of Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Info
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 GMT (2 quakes)
Jan 24, 07:27 pm (GMT +13)
Jan 24, 06:27 GMT
5.1

10 km
209 km (130 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 175 km south of Middelburg Island, ʻEua, Tonga Info
Jan 24, 06:14 pm (GMT +12)
Jan 24, 06:14 GMT

4.3

393 km
246 km (153 mi) to the W South Pacific Ocean, Fiji Info
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Jan 22, 01:01 pm (GMT -12)
Jan 23, 01:01 GMT

4.2

519 km
253 km (157 mi) to the NW South Pacific Ocean, Fiji Info
Monday, January 22, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Jan 23, 03:20 am (GMT +13)
Jan 22, 14:20 GMT
5.3

209 km
210 km (130 mi) to the SW South Pacific Ocean, 210 km southwest of Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga 1 reportInfo
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 4 x 1014 joules (111 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 95539 tons of TNT or 6 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy

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Seismic station: Folaha (Nukuhetulu) (TNG1/YC network) | Show on map | Station Info
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Number of quakes per year

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The apparent increase in the number of quakes since around 2010 is not because seismic activity has increased, but mostly due to three factors:
1) We only started to systematically collect seismic data for smaller quakes worldwide since 2010.
2) The number of seismic networks around the world and their sensitivity to detect smaller quakes has increased drastically in recent years.
3) Data availability through the internet has increased significantly as well. Many national agencies only started reporting earthquakes publicly in the past 10 years or so.

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 183 quakes on average per year in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga:
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.2 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 5 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 5.2 quakes per year
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 13.2 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 13.4 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 13.4 quakes per year
Nukalofa has a very high level of seismic activity. Nukalofa has had at least 29 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 1 to 5 years.

Number of recent quakes in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, by magnitude

3 years
Mag
 
Number of quakes (106 in total as 100%)
7+
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no quakes Mag 7 or higher
6+
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no quakes Mag 6 or higher
5+
10 quakes
betw. Mag 5 - 6 (9.43%)
4+
94 quakes
betw. Mag 4 - 5 (88.68%)
3+
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betw. Mag 3 - 4
below M2
2 quakes
(1.89%)

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Nukalofa Earthquake FAQ

How frequent are earthquakes in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga?

Nukalofa has a very high level of seismic activity. Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 183 quakes on average per year in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga. Nukalofa has had at least 29 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 1 to 5 years.

When was the latest earthquake in Nukalofa?

The last earthquake in Nukalofa occurred 7 days ago and had a magnitude of 4.8:

Mag. 4.8 earthquake South Pacific Ocean, Vava'u, Tonga - Feb 24, 2024 -

A strong magnitude 4.8 earthquake occurred under the sea near the coast of  Tonga Sat, Feb 24, 2024 17:44 GMT. The quake had a very shallow depth of 8.3 km (5.2 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

How many quakes were there in Nukalofa since 2024?

There have been 0 quakes of magnitude 6.0+ in or near Nukalofa since 2024.

What was the strongest quake in Nukalofa since 2024?

The strongest earthquake in Nukalofa since 2024 had a magnitude of 6.4 and occurred 6 weeks ago:

Mag. 6.4 earthquake South Pacific Ocean, Ha‘apai, Tonga - Jan 19, 2024 -

A very strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred under the sea near the coast of  Tonga in the morning of Friday, Jan 19, 2024 at 11.12 am local time (GMT +13). The quake had a moderate depth of 211 km (131 mi) and was felt by many near the epicenter.

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Largest Quakes in or near Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga

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