Major mag. 7.0 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Thursday, 28 April 2016

Major magnitude. 7.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 2.2 km northeast of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at 19:33 (GMT)

Major magnitude. 7.0 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 2.2 km northeast of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at 19:33 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 28 km depth

28 Apr 19:40 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 28.0 km.
Date & time: 28 Apr 2016 19:33:25 UTC
Magnitude: 7
Depth: 28.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.05°S / 167.41°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ambrym (78 km / 48 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
2 km (1 mi) NE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (40 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
118 km (73 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
211 km (131 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (151 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
436 km (271 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) NNW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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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
M 7.028 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 7.030 km VANUATUEMSC
M 7.027 km- 1km SE of Norsup, VanuatuUSGS

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User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Luganville (210.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Port Vila (214 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
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Aftershocks of the 7.0 quake Coral Sea, 2.2 km northeast of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, 28 April 2016 19:33 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (93 quakes):
  • 30 Apr 2018 18:24 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    276 km (171.5 mi) depth
    |
    101 km (63 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 25 Apr 2018 05:12 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    53.1 km (33 mi) depth
    |
    121 km (75 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Mar 2018 11:13 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    143 km (88.9 mi) depth
    |
    100 km (62 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 22 Mar 2018 16:05 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    39 km (24.2 mi) depth
    |
    114 km (71 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Mar 2018 00:44 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    129.6 km (80.5 mi) depth
    |
    68 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Mar 2018 02:36 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    134 km (83.3 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (31 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 01 Feb 2018 19:23 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    152.6 km (94.8 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Jan 2018 13:56 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    183 km (114 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 15 Jan 2018 02:28 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    124 km (77.1 mi) depth
    |
    106 km (66 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 27 Dec 2017 20:59 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    207 km (128.6 mi) depth
    |
    73 km (45 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 11 Dec 2017 17:29 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    204 km (126.8 mi) depth
    |
    189 km (117 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 09 Dec 2017 01:15 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    133 km (82.6 mi) depth
    |
    49 km (31 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 08 Nov 2017 23:21 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    179 km (111.2 mi) depth
    |
    174 km (108 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 29 Oct 2017 06:21 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    135.1 km (83.9 mi) depth
    |
    111 km (69 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Oct 2017 16:35 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    116.3 km (72.3 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Sep 2017 11:22 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    50 km (31.1 mi) depth
    |
    139 km (86 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • Show all

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Major magnitude. 7.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 2.2 km northeast of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at 19:33 (GMT)
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