Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes near Luganville, Vanuatu
Tue, 17 Nov 2020, 01:3901:39 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake was reported only 19 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 12.19 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
4.8 quake 63 km east of Port-Olry, Vanuatu, 17 Nov 12.19 pm (GMT +11)
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 63 km from the epicenter, Luganville (pop. 13,400) 88 km away, and Sola (pop. 1,200) 111 km away.
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Date & time: Tue, 17 Nov 01:19 UTC
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.87°S / 167.6277°E
Primary data source: USGS