Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Sunday, 3 April 2016

Very strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 418 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 3 April 2016 at 08:23 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 418 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 3 April 2016 at 08:23 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 40 km depth

3 Apr 08:31 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Apr 3 08:35: Magnitude recalculated from 6.7 to 6.8.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 52.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 52.0 to 40.0 km.
Date & time: 3 Apr 2016 08:23:53 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 40.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.25°S / 166.85°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (75 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
86 km (54 mi) WSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
210 km (131 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (254 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
418 km (260 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
235 km (146 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
128 km (80 mi) SSE of Hiw Island (pop: 269) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 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!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
6.840 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
6.946 kmVANUATUEMSC
6.935 km- 81km NNW of Port-Olry, VanuatuUSGS

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.
Contribute:
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!
Luganville (Vanuatu, 137 km S of epicenter) : Very noisy before we felt movement. Lots of swaying (reported through EMSC)  
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Aftershocks

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (51 quakes):
  • 31 Aug 2016 05:37 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    145 km (90 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 21 Aug 2016 02:30 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    101 km (62.8 mi) depth
    |
    68 km (43 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 24 Jul 2016 14:00 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Jul 2016 23:07 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    142 km (88.2 mi) depth
    |
    81 km (51 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Jul 2016 16:32 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    166 km (103.1 mi) depth
    |
    76 km (47 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 04 Jul 2016 04:38 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    157 km (97.6 mi) depth
    |
    93 km (58 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 28 Jun 2016 22:46 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Jun 2016 13:29 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    38.8 km (24.1 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Jun 2016 13:31 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    226 km (140.4 mi) depth
    |
    98 km (61 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 27 May 2016 23:22 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    176.4 km (109.6 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 May 2016 21:40 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    134 km (83.3 mi) depth
    |
    109 km (68 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 19 May 2016 19:08 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 May 2016 21:59 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    146 km (90.7 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 16 May 2016 03:13 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    49 km (30.4 mi) depth
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 15 May 2016 07:23 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 15 May 2016 06:24 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    39.3 km (24.4 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Additional seismic data sources
  • Improved content in English
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 || Français | Deutsch
Follow us:
Follow us on facebookFollow us on TwitterVisit our Youtube channel