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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
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)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1*10^15 J (278 GWh / 2.4*10^5 tons of TNT / 14.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]
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Data for same earthquake as reported from other agencies
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 21 Dec 2012
Fri, 21 Dec 22:28 UTCM 6.7 / 195 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
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

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(shakemap: USGS)
"I felt it" reports:
Port Vila (109.9 km SSW from epicenter) [Map] / MMI IX (Violent shaking): 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 / MMI V (Moderate shaking): 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 / MMI III (Weak shaking): Felt shaking for about 15 seconds. Weak swaying movements for 2 minutes.


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