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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 73 km NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu on Monday, 7 September 2020 - information

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 74 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 06:12 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 74 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 06:12 GMT Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 74 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 06:12 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Sep 06:19 UTC: First to report: USGS after 6 minutes.
Sep 7 06:31: Magnitude recalculated from 6.6 to 6.2.
Sep 7 18:14: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.0.

Earthquake details

Date & timeSep 7, 2020 06:12:40 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude17.0893°S / 168.476°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode17.089°N / 11.524°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoKuwae (30 km / 19 mi)
Nearby towns and cities74 km (46 mi) NNE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (101 mi) SE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
224 km (139 mi) SE of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
273 km (169 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
286 km (178 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
371 km (230 mi) SSE of Sola (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
446 km (277 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) SSE of Paama Island (pop: 1,630) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
288 km (179 mi) NNW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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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.
6.010 km73 km NNE of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
6.210 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
6.217 kmVanuatuEMSC
6.210 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
6.016 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
6.216 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu


Seismic station: Honiara, Solomon Islands (HNR/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1255 km / 780 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Honiara, Solomon Islands: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

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Port Vila / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Oh boy, we are being rocked around on our wee island in the pacific. Quakes sure have a way to get the blood pressure rise. Rocking and rolling vertically. | 20 users found this interesting.  
Shefa (Vanuatu, 68 km S of epicenter) : Second tremblement de terre à l'instant !! | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Feb 21, 2021 04:54
1 year 42 weeks ago

91 km
Coral Sea, 131 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 15, 2020 08:04
2 years ago

14 km
Coral Sea, 116 km NE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 7, 2020 09:27
2 years ago

10 km
Coral Sea, 89 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 7, 2020 06:29
2 years ago

10 km
Coral Sea, 81 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore

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