Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 33 km depth
8 Dec 23:47 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 14 minutes.
8 Dec 23:50: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 0.0 to 33.0 km (from 0 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 20 km (12 mi) towards NE.
9 Dec 00:02: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 8.3 km (5.2 mi) towards ESE.
9 Dec 00:20: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3. Epicenter location corrected by 7 km (4.3 mi) towards WNW.
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Date & time: 8 Dec 2020 11:33:29 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 8 Dec 11.33 am (GMT -12)
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.58815°S / 175.6161°W (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Raoul Island (236 km / 147 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
810 km (503 mi) S of ‘Ohonua (Ohonua, Tonga) (pop: 1,240) See nearby quakes!
830 km (515 mi) S of Nuku’alofa (Tonga) (pop: 22,400) [quakes]831 km (516 mi) S of Kolonga (Tonga) (pop: 1,100) [quakes]
Broken Clouds 21.6°C (71 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from ENE
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies
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|M 5.3||33 km||New Zealand||GEONET (NZ)|
|M 5.7||60 km||KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION, New Zealand||EMSC|
|M 5.3||10 km||Kermadec Islands Region, New Zealand||USGS|
|M 5.7||58 km||Kermadec Islands Region, New Zealand||GeoAu|
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake South Pacific Ocean, 830 km south of Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, New Zealand, 8 Dec 11.33 am (GMT -12)
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