Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 18:49 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 18:49 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 13 km depth

12 Aug 18:57 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 13.0 km.
Date & time: Aug 12, 2015 18:49:24 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 13.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.33°S / 157.78°E (Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode: 9.33°N / 22.22°W
Nearest volcano: Kavachi (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
171 km (106 mi) SE of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150) --> See nearby quakes!
216 km (134 mi) W of Malango (pop: 10,500) --> See nearby quakes!
238 km (148 mi) W of Honiara (pop: 56,300) --> See nearby quakes!
239 km (148 mi) SW of Buala (pop: 2,700) --> See nearby quakes!
261 km (162 mi) W of Tulagi (Florida Islands) (pop: 1,750) --> See nearby quakes!
327 km (203 mi) WSW of Auki (pop: 6,810) --> See nearby quakes!
368 km (229 mi) SE of Buin (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
420 km (261 mi) SE of Panguna (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (262 mi) SE of Arawa (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
If you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable to earthquake science, seismic hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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.
6.513 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
6.45 km- 180km SE of Gizo, Solomon IslandsUSGS
6.70 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu
shake map
(shakemap: USGS)

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own user report!
I was in Honiara / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Just laying on the bed and got a "rock and roll, side to side".  
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android


[More info]

Recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Feb 7, 2016 07:11
6 years ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Jan 26, 2016 17:51
6 years ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Jan 19, 2016 09:08
6 years ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Jan 14, 2016 13:05
6 years ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Jan 1, 2016 21:49
6 years ago

72 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Dec 27, 2015 16:50
6 years ago

62 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Nov 22, 2015 02:57
6 years ago

37 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Nov 18, 2015 19:06
6 years ago

0 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Nov 18, 2015 18:53
6 years ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Nov 18, 2015 18:31
6 years ago - felt

10 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore
Nov 11, 2015 20:53
6 years ago

32 km
Solomon Sea, Solomon IslandsMore

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Try our free app!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Android | iOS version
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Improved multilanguage support
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Detailed quake stats
  • Additional seismic data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.
Home | Travel | Destinations | Volcanoes | Photos | Earthquakes | About | Glossary | News | Contact | Privacy | Imprint | EN | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | RU
Follow us:Follow us on facebookFollow us on InstagramFollow us on TwitterVisit our Youtube channel