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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm (GMT +11) -

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm (GMT +11) Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 104 km depth

3 Jan 02:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
3 Jan 02:20: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 116.0 to 117.0 km (from 72 to 73 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.4 km (2.1 mi) towards WSW.
3 Jan 02:31: Now using data updates from USGS
3 Jan 03:32: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 6.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 121.9 to 104.0 km (from 76 to 65 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.7 km (1.1 mi) towards WSW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 3, 2022 02:09:44 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Jan 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm (GMT +11)
Depth104.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude13.1945°S / 166.8192°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode13.195°N / 13.181°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoSuretamatai (97 km / 60 mi)
Nearby towns and cities110 km (68 mi) NW of Sola (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
207 km (129 mi) N of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
261 km (162 mi) N of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
296 km (184 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
325 km (202 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) ESE of Hiw Island (pop: 269) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
350 km (217 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from W
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.
6.0104 km109 Km NW of Sola, VanuatuUSGS
6.0104 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake
5.6144 kmVanuatu: Near NouméaRENASS
6.1124 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
6.0119 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
6.0107 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ


Seismic station: Honiara, Solomon Islands (HNR/IU network) | Distance from quake: 858 km / 533 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

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jun 16, 2022 18:41
25 weeks ago

205 km
Coral Sea, 83 km NW of Sola, Torba, VanuatuMore
Apr 13, 2022 02:32
34 weeks ago

17 km
Coral Sea, 89 km W of Sola, Torba, VanuatuMore
Jan 16, 2022 05:17
47 weeks ago

197 km
Coral Sea, VanuatuMore

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