Moderate 4.9 quake hits near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu
Fri, 7 May 2021, 03:0703:07 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred only 25 minutes ago 48 km southeast of Luganville, Vanuatu, the United States Geological Survey reported.
4.9 quake 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11)
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 46.5 km beneath the epicenter near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, around noon on Friday 7 May 2021 at 1:40 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.1.
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 Norsup (pop. 3,000) located 41 km from the epicenter, Luganville (pop. 13,400) 48 km away, and Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) 93 km away.
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Date & time: 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11) local time (7 May 2021 02:40 GMT)
Depth: 46.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.73°S / 167.56°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Primary data source: USGS
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