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Mag. 4.8 earthquake South Pacific Ocean, Vava'u, Tonga - Feb 24, 2024 -
Strongest since 2024Mag. 5.6 90 Km W of Hihifo, Tonga - Feb 18, 2024 -
Updated: Mar 2, 2024 02:42 GMT -
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There were no significant confirmed earthquakes in or near Hihifo in the past 24 hours.

Since 2024, Hihifo has had 2 quakes of magnitudes above 4 and up to 5.6 within up to 100 km (63 mi) distance:

  • 1 quake above magnitude 5
  • 1 quake between magnitude 4 and 5
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Showing all recent or significant quakes since 2024, magnitude 0 or higher, within up to 300 km (186 mi) distance (17 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
298 km (185 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 53 km west of Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 21, 07:27 am (GMT +13)
Feb 20, 18:27 GMT

4.8

114 km
128 km (80 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 469 km north of Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga More
Sunday, February 18, 2024 GMT (3 quakes)
Feb 19, 12:53 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 18, 23:53 GMT

4.6

128 km
110 km (68 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 486 km north of Nukalofa, Tongatapu, Tonga More
Feb 18, 08:29 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 18, 07:29 GMT

5.6

212 km
91 km (56 mi) to the W 90 Km W of Hihifo, Tonga More
Feb 18, 07:06 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 18, 06:06 GMT

5.3

10 km
164 km (102 mi) to the NW 164 Km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga More
Saturday, February 17, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 17, 10:40 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 17, 09:40 GMT

4.6

36 km
179 km (111 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 128 km north of Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga More
Thursday, February 15, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 15, 02:20 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 15, 01:20 GMT

5.0

10 km
267 km (166 mi) to the SE 186 Km ENE of Neiafu, Tonga More
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 14, 04:14 am (GMT +13)
Feb 13, 15:14 GMT

4.6

79 km
76 km (47 mi) to the NW South Pacific Ocean, 76 km northwest of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga More
Sunday, February 11, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 12, 07:02 am (GMT +13)
Feb 11, 18:02 GMT

4.5

10 km
124 km (77 mi) to the NW 123 Km NW of Hihifo, Tonga More
Friday, February 9, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 9, 05:33 pm (GMT +13)
Feb 9, 04:33 GMT

4.9

10 km
151 km (94 mi) to the E South Pacific Ocean, 280 km south of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Monday, February 5, 2024 GMT (1 quake)
Feb 6, 08:58 am (GMT +13)
Feb 5, 19:58 GMT

4.5

293 km
177 km (110 mi) to the NW 176 Km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga More
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 4.9 x 1013 joules (13.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 11600 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy

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Seismic station: Vavau (Talau) (TNG2/YC network) | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Vavau (Talau): seismogram of vertical movement last 60 minutes (source: IRIS/BUD)
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Earthquake statistics

Number of quakes per year

Note:
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 366 quakes on average per year in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga:
  • Mag. 7 or higher: 0.06 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 16.7 years)
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.76 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 1.3 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 11.8 quakes per year
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 39.8 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 40 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 40 quakes per year
Hihifo has a very high level of seismic activity. Hihifo has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 7 since 1970, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 15 to 20 years.

Number of recent quakes in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga, by magnitude

3 years
10 years
Mag
 
Number of quakes (127 in total as 100%)
7+
1 quake
Mag 7 or higher (0.79%)
6+
-
betw. Mag 6 - 7
5+
23 quakes
betw. Mag 5 - 6 (18.11%)
4+
103 quakes
betw. Mag 4 - 5 (81.1%)
3+
-
betw. Mag 3 - 4
Mag
 
Number of quakes (366 in total as 100%)
7+
1 quake
Mag 7 or higher (0.27%)
6+
9 quakes
betw. Mag 6 - 7 (2.46%)
5+
96 quakes
betw. Mag 5 - 6 (26.23%)
4+
259 quakes
betw. Mag 4 - 5 (70.77%)
3+
1 quake
betw. Mag 3 - 4 (0.27%)

Number of earthquakes over time

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2023
2024 so far
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Number of earthquakes over time: 2023
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Hihifo Earthquake FAQ

How frequent are earthquakes in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga?

Hihifo 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 366 quakes on average per year in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga. Hihifo has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 7 since 1970, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 15 to 20 years.

When was the latest earthquake in Hihifo?

The last earthquake in Hihifo occurred 6 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 Hihifo since 2024?

Since 2024, Hihifo has been shaken by 1 quake of magnitude 5.6 and 1 quake of magnitude.

What was the strongest quake in Hihifo since 2024?

The strongest earthquake in Hihifo since 2024 had a magnitude of 5.6 and occurred 13 days ago:

Mag. 5.6 earthquake 90 Km W of Hihifo, Tonga - Feb 18, 2024 -

A strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred under the sea near the coast of  Tonga in the evening of Sunday, Feb 18, 2024 at 8.29 pm local time (GMT +13). The quake had a moderate depth of 212 km (132 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

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Largest Quakes in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga

Strongest in over 100 years

Mag. 7.6 earthquake South Pacific Ocean, Tonga - May 11, 2023 -
The largest quake that occurred in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga, during the past 100 years was a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that hit South Pacific Ocean,  Tonga, 42 weeks ago on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 05:02 am (GMT +13).

This was the largest earthquake to have occurred in or near Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga, in more than 100 years (since 1900).
Below is a list and map of the largest quakes near Hihifo (within 100 km/62 mi) in recent years and since 1900.
Date and TimeMag
Depth
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May 10, 2023 16:02 GMT
May 11, 2023 05:02 am (GMT +13)
7.6

210 km
95 km (59 mi) to the NW South Pacific Ocean, Tonga 20 reportsMore
Nov 7, 2020 09:27 GMT
Nov 7, 2020 10:27 pm (GMT +13)
6.2

64 km
84 km (52 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 84 km north of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga 11 reportsMore
Jul 18, 2020 15:32 GMT
Jul 19, 2020 04:32 am (GMT +13)
6.2

34 km
88 km (54 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 238 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 4 reportsMore
Nov 4, 2017 09:00 GMT
Nov 4, 2017 10:00 pm (GMT +13)
6.6

10 km
91 km (57 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 230 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Mar 8, 2016 05:36 GMT
Mar 8, 2016 06:36 pm (GMT +13)
6.1

10 km
89 km (55 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 245 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 reportMore
Oct 18, 2015 16:18 GMT
Oct 19, 2015 05:18 am (GMT +13)
6.0

25 km
45 km (28 mi) to the SE South Pacific Ocean, 45 km southeast of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga 2 reportsMore
Jun 12, 2015 11:07 GMT
Jun 13, 2015 12:07 am (GMT +13)
6.0

40 km
86 km (54 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 244 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 reportMore
Apr 7, 2015 00:46 GMT
Apr 7, 2015 01:46 pm (GMT +13)
6.4

10 km
86 km (53 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 237 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 reportMore
Mar 30, 2015 07:56 GMT
Mar 30, 2015 08:56 pm (GMT +13)
6.0

10 km
94 km (58 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 229 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Jul 19, 2014 12:27 GMT
Jul 20, 2014 01:27 am (GMT +13)
6.2

220 km
76 km (47 mi) to the W South Pacific Ocean, 76 km west of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga 2 reportsMore
Dec 26, 2011 04:48 GMT
Dec 26, 2011 05:48 pm (GMT +13)
6.0

90 km
28 km (17 mi) to the S South Pacific Ocean, 28 km south of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga More
Sep 5, 2011 09:52 GMT
Sep 5, 2011 10:52 pm (GMT +13)
6.2

37 km
76 km (47 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 257 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Apr 21, 2010 17:20 GMT
Apr 22, 2010 06:20 am (GMT +13)
6.1

35 km
98 km (61 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 224 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Dec 7, 1999 21:29 GMT
Dec 8, 1999 10:29 am (Tongatapu)
6.4

138 km
21 km (13 mi) to the W Tonga More
May 27, 1997 08:00 GMT
May 27, 1997 09:00 pm (GMT +13)
6.4

14 km
97 km (60 mi) to the NE 228 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Apr 7, 1995 22:06 GMT
Apr 8, 1995 11:06 am (GMT +13)
7.4

21 km
89 km (55 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 243 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
May 16, 1993 21:44 GMT
May 17, 1993 10:44 am (GMT +13)
6.6

21 km
89 km (56 mi) to the NE 233 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Dec 11, 1990 14:41 GMT
Dec 12, 1990 03:41 am (GMT +13)
6.4

13 km
91 km (57 mi) to the NE 232 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Dec 5, 1988 16:05 GMT
Dec 6, 1988 05:05 am (GMT +13)
6.4

40 km
83 km (51 mi) to the N 247 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Jun 3, 1985 12:06 GMT
Jun 4, 1985 01:06 am (GMT +13)
6.7

33 km
80 km (50 mi) to the N South Pacific Ocean, 248 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Oct 15, 1984 10:21 GMT
Oct 15, 1984 11:21 pm (Tongatapu)
7.2

128 km
19 km (12 mi) to the NE South Pacific Ocean, 19 km northeast of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga More
Apr 18, 1984 06:49 GMT
Apr 18, 1984 07:49 pm (GMT +13)
6.5

150 km
59 km (37 mi) to the W Tonga More
Jun 18, 1980 10:49 GMT
Jun 18, 1980 11:49 pm (GMT +13)
6.5

43 km
80 km (50 mi) to the N 251 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Jan 1, 1967 07:05 GMT
Jan 1, 1967 08:05 pm (GMT +13)
6.5

30 km
82 km (51 mi) to the N 252 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Mar 22, 1965 02:44 GMT
Mar 22, 1965 02:44 am (GMT +0)
6.5

31 km
96 km (60 mi) to the NE 226 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Mar 3, 1956 00:05 GMT
Mar 3, 1956 01:05 pm (GMT +13)
6.5

35 km
93 km (58 mi) to the N 248 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More
Jan 31, 1934 10:06 GMT
Jan 31, 1934 11:06 pm (GMT +13)
6.5

25 km
73 km (45 mi) to the NE 250 km southwest of Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa More

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