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M6.8 earthquake - 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu, Friday, 21 December 2012 at 22:28 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu on Friday, 21 December 2012

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu on Friday, 21 December 2012
21 Dec 22:45 UTC: First to report: USGS after 17 minutes.
Date & time: Friday, 21 December 2012 22:28 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:28 (Pacific/Efate)
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 207.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.3824°S / 167.26°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (29 km / 18 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
65 km (40 mi) SW of Sola (pop: 1,200)
126 km (79 mi) NW of Saratamata (pop: 0)
127 km (79 mi) N of Luganville (pop: 13,400)
192 km (119 mi) N of Lakatoro (pop: 700)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.7 / 195 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.8 / 207.9 km63km SSW of Sola, VanuatuUSGS
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.6 / 208 km VANUATUEMSC
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.6 / 200 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.6 / 196 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

shake map
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Port Vila (109.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : I was inside my wife and whole word start shaking. Her breast. They jiggle. Suddenly strange fluid gush. Lamp fell. Lamp break. I FEEL IT
Santo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Just got off carnival cruise to explore the island and it struck while getting into taxi, was strong enough to notice and rocked cars dramatically. Local said it was a big one.
Port Vila / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt shaking for about 15 seconds. Weak swaying movements for 2 minutes.

Aftershocks of the 6.8 quake: 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu, 21 Dec 2012 22h28

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 07 Jun 2013 21:30 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    53 km (32.9 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 05 May 2013 19:59 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    39.8 km (24.7 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Apr 2013 17:25 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    31.4 km (19.5 mi) depth
    |
    73 km (45 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Mar 2013 01:32 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    125.4 km (77.9 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Jan 2013 12:39 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    86.9 km (54 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Significant earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu on Friday, 21 December 2012
 

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