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Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - information

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake  - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 5 August 2020
5 Aug 12:13 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Aug 5 12:15: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.4.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 189.0 to 187.0 km.
Aug 5 12:21: Magnitude recalculated from 6.4 to 6.5.
Aug 5 12:28: Magnitude recalculated from 6.5 to 6.4.
Date & time: Wednesday, 5 August 2020 12:05 UTC
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 187.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.14°S / 168.01°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ambrym (17 km / 11 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
64 km (40 mi) E of Lakatoro (pop: 700)
95 km (59 mi) S of Saratamata (pop: 0)
114 km (71 mi) SE of Luganville (pop: 13,400)
180 km (112 mi) N of Port-Vila (pop: 35,900)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1014 joules (69.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 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.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.4 / 187 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.5 / 181 km VanuatuEMSC
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.5 / 179.8 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.1 / 179 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.4 / 182.8 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
Wed, 5 Aug 12:05 UTCM 6.4 / 174.8 km VanuatuUSGS

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
48.2 km W of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
48.2 km W of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
112.9 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Tokyo / Weak shaking (MMI III)

Aftershocks of the 6.4 quake: Vanuatu Islands, 5 Aug 2020 12h05

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 28 Sep 2020 19:41 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    78 km (49 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 13 Sep 2020 19:06 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    96 km (60 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

Map of aftershocks

Significant earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 5 August 2020
    Hint: Click on Date/Time to show latest first
  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 20 Sep 1920 14:39
    | 8.1 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    442km / 275mi
    | Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia (Vanuatu)
  • 06 Feb 2013 01:12
    | 8.0 |
    29km / 18mi
    |
    8 years ago
    |
    676km / 420mi
    | SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
  • 17 Jul 1980 19:42
    | 7.9 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    40 years ago
    |
    461km / 286mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 02 Dec 1950 19:51
    | 7.9 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    70 years ago
    |
    251km / 156mi
    | Vanuatu
  • 03 Oct 1931 19:13
    | 7.9 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    89 years ago
    |
    932km / 579mi
    | Solomon Islands
  • 09 Aug 1901 13:01
    | 7.9 |
    unknown
    |
    119 years ago
    |
    684km / 425mi
    | Southeast of the Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia)
  • 07 Oct 2009 22:18
    | 7.8 |
    35km / 22mi
    |
    11 years ago
    |
    439km / 273mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 31 Dec 1966 18:23
    | 7.8 |
    55km / 34mi
    |
    54 years ago
    |
    477km / 296mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands)
  • 17 Dec 1957 13:50
    | 7.8 |
    124km / 77mi
    |
    63 years ago
    |
    438km / 272mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 16 Jun 1910 06:30
    | 7.8 |
    100km / 62mi
    |
    110 years ago
    |
    411km / 255mi
    | Vanuatu
  • Show all

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