Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - information

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Coral Sea, 87 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 07:09 (GMT)

- Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 87 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 07:09 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 10 km depth

27 May 07:18 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
May 27 08:04: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 6.4.
Date & time: 27 May 2020 07:09:10 UTC -
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.1°S / 167.83°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Emae (67 km / 42 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
87 km (54 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
190 km (118 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
243 km (151 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
312 km (194 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
360 km (224 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
429 km (266 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
501 km (311 mi) NNE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
539 km (335 mi) NE of Koné (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (61 mi) SSE of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) WNW of Emau Island --> See nearby quakes!
311 km (193 mi) NNW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1014 joules (69.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 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 6.410 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 6.110 kmVanuatuEMSC
M 5.949 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
M 6.4115 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
M 6.110 km80km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS

User reports for this quake (9)

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91.2 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
yuan (89.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Port Vila / Weak shaking (MMI III) : There were three earthquakes that I felt. The first one was sharp enough to be felt while standing working at my vice. It was enough to cause slight anxiety. My son lives near the ocean. I would class them all as weak or light shaking. My wife did not notice them.
Port Vila, Vanuatu / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Santa Monica /L A. / Light shaking (MMI IV)
port vila / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : noise, wardrobes,
Port Vila / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Shefa (Vanuatu, 85 km SE of epicenter) : A l'instant , il a duré presque 1 minute et ressenti beaucoup plus fort que ce matin (reported through EMSC)
Shefa (Vanuatu, 85 km SE of epicenter) : Scary (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 6.4 quake Coral Sea, 87 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, 27 May 2020 07:09 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (34 quakes):
  • 09 Oct 2020 21:22 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    55 km (34 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 02 Oct 2020 13:16 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    44 km (27.3 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 30 Sep 2020 20:03 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Sep 2020 19:35 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Sep 2020 19:41 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 28 Sep 2020 14:11 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Sep 2020 00:53 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    94 km (58 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Sep 2020 19:06 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 12 Sep 2020 08:34 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 07 Sep 2020 09:27 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    84 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Sep 2020 06:29 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 07 Sep 2020 06:12 UTC
    | M 6.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 74 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, 7 September 2020 at 06:12 (GMT)
  • 07 Sep 2020 04:41 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    17.2 km (10.7 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 04:39 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 04:20 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 03:31 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (3 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Coral Sea, 87 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 07:09 (GMT)
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