Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Sunday, 6 September 2020 - information

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 96 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 02:59 (GMT)

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Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 96 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 02:59 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

6 Sep 03:07 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Sep 6 03:10: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.3.
Sep 6 06:38: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.2.
Date & time: Sep 6, 2020 02:59:17 UTC -
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.19°S / 167.61°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode: 17.19°N / 12.39°W
Nearest volcano: North Vate (85 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
96 km (60 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) S of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
192 km (119 mi) SSE of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
246 km (153 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
316 km (196 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
369 km (229 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
401 km (249 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
103 km (64 mi) S of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
315 km (196 mi) NW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.210 km97 km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuGFZ
6.28.2 km101 km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
6.410.2 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
6.238 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
6.133 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

User reports for this quake (20)

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Beverlyhills (96.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It was a long shake about 50seconds.  
Port Vila, Shefa (96.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Was quite a long shake too!  
Port Vila (96.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Although it was a small shake It felt heavy  
Port Vila, Shefa (97.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
port vila airport (97.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Port Vila, Shefa (97.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Port Vila, Shefa (89.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Vanuatu Port Vila city / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : The first earthquake shake happens at the duration time of about 2-5 seconds. Rattling and vibrating grounds shooking the trees all around. Whereas the second one last only for just about 1-2 seconds with not strong movement.  
Teuoma area, port vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe : I was doing my homework and i heard vibrations from the distance before it arrived. It was slow but really heavy, could have been more dangerous if the epicentre was near the surface  
Port Vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe : Having lunch at Rossi's, sitting on their deck, it lasted around 60 seconds or so.We have not felt the 3 after, however.  
Elton / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 20-30 s : Sitting on beach with feet in sand so felt deep vibration. Usually indoors so very different | One user found this interesting.  
Bellevue Port Vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : Cracked tiles around pool house swaying for 40 seconds.. lightbulbs swinging | One user found this interesting.  
Port vila / not felt / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : A bit shaky few for few minutes then it stop again with slow motion movement | One user found this interesting.  
Port Havannah / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Strong, slow, steady sided to side movement. No damage, but vases and a few small objects fell over.  
Melbourne / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions)
Port Vila, VANUATU / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Rollins, MT 59931 / not felt : I did not experience any movement. 47 degrees N 114 plus degrees West  
Tradewind VTU subdivision / not felt : Didn't feel or hear anyone mention feeling any movement of earthquake or ground shaking.  
Port Vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
George Pombidou Port Vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (49 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Mar 2, 2021 22:02
40 weeks ago
5.1

10 km
Coral Sea, 91 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 1, 2021 23:51
40 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 86 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 1, 2021 18:17
40 weeks ago
4.5

10 km
Coral Sea, 112 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 1, 2021 10:06
40 weeks ago - felt
5.2

10 km
Coral Sea, 82 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 1, 2021 09:41
40 weeks ago
4.9

14 km
Coral Sea, 64 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 28, 2021 23:37
40 weeks ago - felt
5.9

10 km
Coral Sea, 81 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 26, 2021 11:21
41 weeks ago
5.1

10 km
Coral Sea, 93 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 21:44
41 weeks ago
4.8

11 km
Coral Sea, 141 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 17:25
41 weeks ago
5.1

10 km
Coral Sea, 59 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 15:49
41 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
Coral Sea, 81 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 04:31
41 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 60 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 03:29
41 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 65 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 03:16
41 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Coral Sea, 56 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 02:50
42 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
Coral Sea, 58 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 02:44
42 weeks ago - felt
5.4

10 km
Coral Sea, 85 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 20, 2021 02:29
42 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 58 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 19, 2021 09:20
42 weeks ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Coral Sea, 71 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 15:25
42 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Coral Sea, 76 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 12:21
42 weeks ago - felt
5.5

20 km
Coral Sea, 72 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 11:45
42 weeks ago - felt
4.9

10 km
Coral Sea, 38 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 11:32
42 weeks ago - felt
5.1

10 km
Coral Sea, 66 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 09:30
42 weeks ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Coral Sea, 53 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 17, 2021 03:58
42 weeks ago
5.0

10 km
Coral Sea, 82 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 23:44
42 weeks ago
4.5

10 km
Coral Sea, 71 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 16:16
42 weeks ago - felt
4.9

10 km
Coral Sea, 88 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 16:12
42 weeks ago
5.2

15 km
Coral Sea, 62 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 01:32
42 weeks ago - felt
5.9

10 km
Coral Sea, 69 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 01:22
42 weeks ago - felt
5.5

10 km
Coral Sea, 57 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 00:49
42 weeks ago - felt
6.2

5.6 km
Coral Sea, 77 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 15, 2021 20:04
42 weeks ago - felt
5.1

16 km
Coral Sea, 71 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 15, 2021 16:51
42 weeks ago - felt
5.0

27 km
Coral Sea, 65 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 15, 2021 10:34
42 weeks ago - felt
4.9

100 km
Coral Sea, 56 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 15, 2021 00:05
42 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
Coral Sea, 68 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 14, 2021 19:43
42 weeks ago - felt
5.3

64 km
Coral Sea, 40 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 9, 2020 21:22
1 year 8 weeks ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Coral Sea, 126 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 2, 2020 13:16
1 year 9 weeks ago - felt
4.7

44 km
Coral Sea, 101 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 30, 2020 20:03
1 year 10 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 100 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 30, 2020 19:35
1 year 10 weeks ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Coral Sea, 107 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 28, 2020 19:41
1 year 10 weeks ago
4.8

60 km
Coral Sea, 107 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 28, 2020 14:11
1 year 10 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Coral Sea, 103 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 28, 2020 00:53
1 year 10 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
Coral Sea, 111 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 13, 2020 19:06
1 year 12 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Coral Sea, 100 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 12, 2020 08:34
1 year 12 weeks ago
5.8

10 km
Coral Sea, 97 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 7, 2020 04:41
1 year 13 weeks ago
5.0

17 km
Coral Sea, 96 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 04:39
1 year 13 weeks ago
5.4

10 km
Coral Sea, 93 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 04:20
1 year 13 weeks ago
5.1

10 km
Coral Sea, 93 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 03:31
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Coral Sea, 91 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 03:27
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.5

35 km
Coral Sea, 87 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 03:10
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.9

10 km
Coral Sea, 85 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
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