Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Major magnitude. 7.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 33 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 at 21:52 (GMT)

Major magnitude. 7.1 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 33 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 at 21:52 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 143 km depth

20 Oct 21:59 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Oct 21 07:26: Magnitude recalculated from 7.0 to 7.1.
Date & time: 20 Oct 2015 21:52:03 UTC
Magnitude: 7.1
Depth: 143.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.86°S / 167.32°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (72 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
33 km (21 mi) NE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
75 km (47 mi) NNE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) SSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
134 km (83 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
337 km (209 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) NW of Pentecost Island (pop: 16,800) --> See nearby quakes!
158 km (98 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) N of Lataroa Island --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1015 joules (783 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 6.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 42.1 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 7.1143 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 7.1127 km- 35km NE of Port-Olry, VanuatuUSGS
M 7.1147 km VANUATUEMSC
M 7.5177 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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User reports for this quake (8)

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Reading (15814.3 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
Alger (Algeria, 17131 km W of epicenter) : It was Quick and rude... Scaring... (reported through EMSC)
Buckingham (United Kingdom, 15758 km NW of epicenter) : On late night dogwalk in our almost silent village and there was this weird distant thunder-like, constant rumbling noise coming from the South East, lasted about 30 seconds to about a minute. (reported through EMSC)
Luganville (Vanuatu, 71 km S of epicenter) : Long shaking period, items fell over on table, water pots spilled over (drought here) , rafters creaked, windows rattled, we went outside till it stopped. Some reports this was a 7.3 Earthquake! Waiting for more aftershocks, had a tremmer so far. Pray for RAIN here! Thanks (reported through EMSC)
Luganville (Vanuatu, 71 km S of epicenter) : The streets of santo were really rocking this morning. Parked cars rolled into one another. Many shops closed due to stock falling from shelves. Most people ran outside. Cars stopped as road was rolling and shaking. The quake rocked on for quite a few minutes. It had several large severe pushes and swaying motions. Strongest one I have felt for about 5 years. (reported through EMSC)
Port Olry (Vanuatu, 33 km SW of epicenter) : Felt it very hard may be because of close epicentre (reported through EMSC)
Port Vila (Vanuatu, 335 km S of epicenter) : Shaking. Port Vila (reported through EMSC)
Port Vila (Vanuatu, 334 km S of epicenter) : Large waves of shaking (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 7.1 quake Coral Sea, 33 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, 20 October 2015 21:52 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (155 quakes):
  • 21 Oct 2017 16:35 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    116.3 km (72.3 mi) depth
    |
    108 km (67 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Sep 2017 15:07 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    132.1 km (82.1 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Sep 2017 15:32 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    41.6 km (25.8 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Sep 2017 14:48 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    |
    92 km (57 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2017 10:17 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    134 km (83.3 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 05 Sep 2017 02:50 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    209 km (129.9 mi) depth
    |
    170 km (106 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Aug 2017 20:26 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    120 km (74.6 mi) depth
    |
    68 km (42 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 25 Aug 2017 19:13 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    79 km (49 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Aug 2017 14:24 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    202 km (125.5 mi) depth
    |
    160 km (100 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 31 Jul 2017 01:53 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    172.6 km (107.2 mi) depth
    |
    50 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jul 2017 06:56 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    167 km (103.8 mi) depth
    |
    159 km (99 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 19 Jul 2017 02:36 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    228.4 km (141.9 mi) depth
    |
    166 km (103 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Jul 2017 06:24 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    60 km (37 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 29 Jun 2017 02:24 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    146 km (90.7 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 19 Jun 2017 20:39 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    139 km (86.4 mi) depth
    |
    99 km (61 mi) distance
    | GeoAu | Details
  • 17 Jun 2017 16:37 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    195 km (121.2 mi) depth
    |
    157 km (98 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • Show all

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Major magnitude. 7.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 33 km northeast of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 at 21:52 (GMT)
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