Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Friday, 8 January 2021 at 05:01 (GMT) - information

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 59 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 8 Jan 2021 4:01 pm (GMT +11)

- Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake  - South Pacific Ocean, 59 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 8 Jan 2021 4:01 pm (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 136 km depth

8 Jan 05:10 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
8 Jan 05:12: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 137.0 to 136.0 km (from 85 to 85 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1 km (0.6 mi) towards W.
8 Jan 07:22: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 6.1.
Date & time: 8 Jan 2021 05:01:06 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 8 Jan 2021 4:01 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 136.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.73°S / 169.88°E (South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Eastern Gemini Seamount (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
146 km (91 mi) SSE of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) ENE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (169 mi) E of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
371 km (231 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
383 km (238 mi) ENE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
388 km (241 mi) ENE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
394 km (245 mi) ENE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
397 km (246 mi) ENE of Païta (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) ENE of La Foa (New Caledonia) (pop: 2,950) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (37 mi) S of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) --> See nearby quakes!
148 km (92 mi) SSE of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 27.3°C (81 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 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.
M 6.1136 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 6.0134 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
M 6.1118 km146 Km SSE of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
M 6.0113 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

User reports for this quake (7)

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nouméa new caledonia 3rd stage (389.5 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Seems longee and stronger than next experiences in Nouméa. The vibrations arrives at 4:02 pm, I had a look to my watch. | 6 users found this interesting.
397.8 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
394.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
LIFOU / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Wé Lifou / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
Maré / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Nouméa, avenue de la Victoire 7ème étage / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s
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Aftershocks of the 6.1 quake South Pacific Ocean, 59 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, 8 Jan 2021 4:01 pm (GMT +11)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 59 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 8 Jan 2021 4:01 pm (GMT +11)

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