Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 42km W of Sola, Vanuatu on Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 38 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:03:30

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 38 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:03:30

Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 196 km depth

1 Jan 16:13 UTC: First to report: USGS after 10 minutes.
Date & time: 1 Jan 2014 16:03:30 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:03:30
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 196.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.8732°S / 167.2017°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Suretamatai (35 km / 22 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
38 km (23 mi) W of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
131 km (81 mi) N of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (114 mi) N of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
245 km (152 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
382 km (237 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
446 km (277 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
39 km (24 mi) SSW of Ureparapara Island --> See nearby quakes!
269 km (167 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 6.7193 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 6.6196 km37km W of Sola, VanuatuUSGS
M 6.7227 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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London / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
fghdrynj / not felt : omg i was fainting when ifelt the earthquake lol jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk jk
(Vanuatu, 171 km S of epicenter) : We have many earthquakes here, this earthquake was quite long and very noisy. I heard a loud crack about 10 secs before shaking commenced. Started as a small tremor, had 2 moments of strong shaking followed by some rolling movement. (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 6.6 quake Coral Sea, 38 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:03:30

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Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 38 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Thursday, January 02, 2014 03:03:30
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