Strong Earthquake Near Tonga

A strong earthquake struck near Tonga just before midday today.

The magnitude 6.1 quake, which struck at 11:54 a.m., was located 110 km west of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga at a depth of 156 km.

This morning’s earthquake is the fourth to occur near Tonga during the past week. The quakes ranged in magnitude between 4.2 and 6.1 at depths between 2 km and 156 km.

There have been three quakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 4.6 near Fiji at depths between 430 and 630 km during the past 7 days.

Earthquake activity further west near Vanuatu where a magnitude 6.8 quake struck early last week has now eased, with two events of magnitude 4.5 and 4.7 at depths of 278 km and 124 km during the past week.

[Compiled from data supplied by US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

2 Responses to “Strong Earthquake Near Tonga”

  1. Chris says:

    Just received a GeoNet advisory tonight that there was a 5.5 810km NE Auckland at 0244 this morning..
    Things are moving a little the past few days…

  2. Ken says:

    That’s right. There was another event at about 4 am on the 16th about 300 km from the Urewera seismometer. Just waiting for the data on that to be processed.

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