Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
Sun, 14 Mar 2021, 09:3909:39 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred in the evening on Sunday 14 March 2021 at 8:14 pm local time near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
5.2 quake 14 Mar 8:14 pm (GMT +11)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. A third agency, the United States Geological Survey, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Vila (pop. 35,900) located 91 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 14 Mar 2021 8:14 pm (GMT +11) local time (14 Mar 2021 09:14 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.38°S / 167.54°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Primary data source: EMSC
Sun, 14 Mar 2021, 09:33
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