Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 10.2 km northeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 12:56 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake  - 10.2 km northeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 12:56 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 115 km depth

8 Jul 13:03 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Jul 8 14:10: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 6.2.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 114.0 to 115.0 km.
Date & time: 8 Jul 2014 12:56:27 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 115.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.68°S / 168.39°E (Shefa Province, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: North Vate (30 km / 19 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
10 km (6 mi) NE of Port Vila (Shefa) (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
208 km (129 mi) SSE of Norsup (Malampa) (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) NNW of Isangel (Tafea) (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
274 km (170 mi) SSE of Luganville (Sanma) (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
325 km (202 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (Sanma) (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
379 km (235 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, Province des îles Loyauté, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
432 km (269 mi) SSE of Sola (Torba) (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
433 km (269 mi) N of Tadine (Maré, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
484 km (300 mi) NE of Poindimié (North Province, New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
528 km (328 mi) NE of Bourail (South Province, New Caledonia) (pop: 4,830) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 6.2115 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ

User reports for this quake (7)

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breakas resort vanuatu / Light shaking (MMI IV) : woken by rumble then slight shake felt. building structure moved but no noticeable damage. Concern for possible Tsunami?
port vila harbor / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Port Villa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It woke me up shook three story building for a while
port vila / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : nice one really was strong shaking for a extended period, however did not culminate with the usual whip at the end that causes the most damage here in previous earthquakes. am guessing the depth played a factor in nullifiying that and made for a more pleasant then usual experience
noumea / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Luganville (Vanuatu, 271 km NW of epicenter) : Gentle slow swaying. A noise occurred first, like a rushing sound. (reported through EMSC)
Noumea (New Caledonia, 554 km S of epicenter) : Très léger, durant très peu de temps (10s max) (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 6.2 quake 10.2 km northeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, 8 July 2014 12:56 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 03 Jan 2015 21:00 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    45 km (28 mi) depth
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 22 Nov 2014 04:18 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    71 km (44.1 mi) depth
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 10.2 km northeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 12:56 (GMT)
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