Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 48km ENE of Luganville, Vanuatu on Friday, 26 July 2013

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 49 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, July 26, 2013 18:07:17

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 49 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, July 26, 2013 18:07:17

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 133 km depth

26 Jul 07:28 UTC: First to report: USGS after 21 minutes.
Date & time: 26 Jul 2013 07:07:17 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Friday, July 26, 2013 18:07:17
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 132.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.36°S / 167.5858°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (27 km / 17 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
49 km (30 mi) ENE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (41 mi) ESE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (50 mi) NNE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
165 km (103 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
275 km (171 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) WNW of Pentecost Island (pop: 16,800) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (63 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.1127 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 6.1132 kmVANUATUEMSC
M 6.1133 km48km ENE of Luganville, VanuatuUSGS
M 5.6127 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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User reports for this quake (4)

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Aore Resort / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : Felt weak to moderate shaking for 15-20 seconds then increased to a short (5 secs) moderate shaking which quickly abated to weak shaking that lasted for another 15 seconds trailing off for another 15 seconds. Disturbance started at about 6pm local time At maximum there was only one item that fell off a shelf and that item was relatively unstable anyway.
Aore Resort / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : Felt weak to moderate shaking for 15-20 seconds then increased to a short (5 secs) moderate shaking which quickly abated to weak shaking that lasted for another 15 seconds trailing off for another 15 seconds. Disturbance started at about 6pm local time At maximum there was only one item that fell off a shelf and that item was relatively unstable anyway.
Luganville. Santo. Vanuatu / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was reading a book, and my bed was shaking about 15 seconds. I went outside of my house.
Luganville (Vanuatu, 55 km W of epicenter) : I was in bed with the fan on full trying to nap. It may have taken me a while to realise what was happening because of the noise of the fan. It lasted 20 or so seconds. There was a trembling and I knew straight away it was going to be strong so instead of lying there like I usually do and wait for it to pass I leapt to the door and stayed under it. It started as a trembling, got more jerky and then it hit quite hard about 3/4 of the way through, then eased off. My first proper biggish one. (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes):
  • 16 Dec 2013 01:38 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    70.7 km (43.9 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Dec 2013 01:53 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    125.3 km (77.9 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Oct 2013 18:49 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    130.2 km (80.9 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Oct 2013 15:06 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    101 km (62.8 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Sep 2013 04:13 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    121.5 km (75.5 mi) depth
    |
    50 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Aug 2013 11:15 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    135.1 km (83.9 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Aug 2013 22:39 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    115.1 km (71.5 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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