Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes near Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu
Thu, 6 May 2021, 12:4012:40 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake near Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, was reported only 18 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), 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 late at night on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 11:20 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.
5.3 quake 6 May 11:20 pm (GMT +11)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3 as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.0, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.3.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
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 Lakatoro (pop. 710) located 62 km from the epicenter, Norsup (pop. 3,000) 64 km away, and Luganville (pop. 13,400) 121 km away.
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Date & time: 6 May 11:20 pm (GMT +11) local time (6 May 2021 12:20 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.61°S / 167.19°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Primary data source: GFZ
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