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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu

Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 07:37
07:37 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.1 quake 18 Jan 6:17 pm (GMT +11)
5.1 quake 18 Jan 6:17 pm (GMT +11)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Vanuatu near Port-Olry, Sanma Province, only 16 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early evening on Monday 18 January 2021 at 6:17 pm local time at an intermediate to considerable depth of 158 km. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 69 km from the epicenter, Sola (pop. 1,200) 74 km away, and Luganville (pop. 13,400) 121 km away.
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Date & time: 18 Jan 2021 6:17 pm (GMT +11) local time (18 Jan 2021 07:17 GMT)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 158.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.43°S / 167.17°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Primary data source: GFZ

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