Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - information

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 44 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 15:24 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 44 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 15:24 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 137 km depth

20 Mar 15:31 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 138.0 to 137.0 km.
Date & time: 20 Mar 2019 15:24:01 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 137.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.65°S / 167.55°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (39 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
44 km (27 mi) ESE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
49 km (30 mi) NNE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
85 km (53 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
197 km (123 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
246 km (153 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
470 km (292 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) W of Pentecost Island (pop: 16,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 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.
6.0137 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
6.2134 kmVanuatuEMSC
5.810 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
5.9145 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
6.3119 km52km E of Luganville, VanuatuUSGS

User reports for this quake (10)

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Aore island resort / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Shaky to walk across room  
Luganville Santo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Everyone was awaken by the earthquake. Strong shaking lastest approximately 10 seconds.  
EMERALD / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Luganville / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Migottty, Luganville,Espritu Santo / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Luganville, Police Station Area / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : We were woken up. Unlike the normal steady shake that we feel, this quake consisted of two violent jolts and then ended quickly.  
Aore Island, Vanuatu / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Although small, it was scary  
Luganville / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Aore point (40.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
aore island / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
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