Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.3 just reported 88 km northwest of Luganville, Vanuatu
Thu, 22 Jul 2021, 02:4302:43 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A shallow magnitude 5.3 earthquake was reported around noon near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu.
5.3 quake 22 Jul 1:24 pm (GMT +11)
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 1:24 pm local time 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 the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 36 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Luganville (pop. 13,400) located 88 km from the epicenter, and Sola (pop. 1,200) 125 km away.
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Date & time: 22 Jul 1:24 pm (GMT +11) local time (22 Jul 2021 02:24 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.78°S / 166.87°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Primary data source: GFZ
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