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

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 97 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu on Sunday, 6 September 2020

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake  - 97 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu on Sunday, 6 September 2020
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: Sunday, 6 September 2020 02:59 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.19°S / 167.61°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: North Vate (85 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
97 km (60 mi) NW of Port-Vila (pop: 35,900)
123 km (76 mi) S of Lakatoro (pop: 700)
192 km (119 mi) SE of Luganville (pop: 13,400)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.2 / 10 km97 km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuGFZ
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.2 / 8.2 km101 km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.4 / 10.2 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.2 / 38 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.1 / 32.7 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
Sun, 6 Sep 02:59 UTCM 6.2 / 8.2 km101 Km NW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS

User reports for this quake

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Beverlyhills (96.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It was a long shake about 50seconds.
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
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)
97.5 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
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

Aftershocks of the 6.2 quake: 97 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 6 Sep 2020 02h59

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes):
  • 30 Sep 2020 19:35 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Sep 2020 19:41 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 28 Sep 2020 00:53 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Sep 2020 19:06 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 12 Sep 2020 08:34 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 07 Sep 2020 04:41 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    17.2 km (10.7 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 04:39 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 04:20 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 03:31 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 03:27 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Sep 2020 03:10 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Map of aftershocks

Significant earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 97 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu on Sunday, 6 September 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
    |
    336km / 209mi
    | Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia (Vanuatu)
  • 06 Feb 2013 01:12
    | 8.0 |
    29km / 18mi
    |
    8 years ago
    |
    766km / 476mi
    | SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
  • 17 Jul 1980 19:42
    | 7.9 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    40 years ago
    |
    550km / 342mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 02 Dec 1950 19:51
    | 7.9 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    70 years ago
    |
    132km / 82mi
    | Vanuatu
  • 03 Oct 1931 19:13
    | 7.9 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    89 years ago
    |
    973km / 605mi
    | Solomon Islands
  • 09 Aug 1901 13:01
    | 7.9 |
    unknown
    |
    119 years ago
    |
    591km / 367mi
    | Southeast of the Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia)
  • 07 Oct 2009 22:18
    | 7.8 |
    35km / 22mi
    |
    11 years ago
    |
    536km / 333mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 31 Dec 1966 18:23
    | 7.8 |
    55km / 34mi
    |
    54 years ago
    |
    578km / 359mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands)
  • 17 Dec 1957 13:50
    | 7.8 |
    124km / 77mi
    |
    63 years ago
    |
    540km / 336mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 16 Jun 1910 06:30
    | 7.8 |
    100km / 62mi
    |
    110 years ago
    |
    328km / 204mi
    | Vanuatu
  • Show all

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