Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 05:46 (GMT)

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.7 quake Solomon Islands 8 December 17:38 UTC, which had occurred 10 days earlier.
Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - Solomon Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 05:46 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 43 km depth

18 Dec 05:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Dec 18 05:54: Magnitude recalculated from 5.7 to 5.8.
Dec 18 05:55: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Dec 18 05:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 6.0.
Dec 18 05:58: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 6.1.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 43.0 km.
Dec 18 06:38: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 5.9.
Date & time: 18 Dec 2016 05:46:25 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 43.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.22°S / 161.15°E (Solomon Islands)
Nearest volcano: Gallego (187 km / 116 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
88 km (55 mi) WNW of Kirakira (Nakumwe) (pop: 1,120)
158 km (98 mi) ESE of Honiara (pop: 56,300)
166 km (103 mi) SE of Tulagi (Florida Islands) (pop: 1,750)
167 km (104 mi) ESE of Malango (pop: 10,500)
169 km (105 mi) SSE of Auki (pop: 6,810)
287 km (179 mi) SE of Buala (pop: 2,700)
511 km (318 mi) W of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553)
528 km (328 mi) ESE of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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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 5.943 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
M 6.040 km SOLOMON ISLANDSEMSC
M 5.970 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu
M 6.039 km- 83km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon IslandsUSGS

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User reports for this quake (3)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Honiara Solomon Islands / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Honiara, Solomon islands (159.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Honiara (156.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
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Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake Solomon Islands 18 December 05:46 UTC

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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 05:46 (GMT)
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