Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 25 km northwest of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at 14:36 (GMT)

Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 25 km northwest of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at 14:36 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 35 km depth

4 May 14:44 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
May 4 14:47: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6.
May 4 14:48: Magnitude recalculated from 5.6 to 5.7.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 35.0 km.
Date & time: 4 May 2016 14:36:24 UTC
Magnitude: 5.7
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.84°S / 166.98°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (111 km / 69 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
25 km (15 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (49 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) SSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
352 km (219 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
169 km (105 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) WNW of Maewo Island (pop: 3,570) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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5.735 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.735 km- 22km NW of Port-Olry, VanuatuUSGS
5.725 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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Port Vila VANUATU / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Avant le tremblement de terre, un craquement s'est fait entendre puis il y a eu une petite secousse qui a duré une dizaine de secondes.  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 28 Jun 2016 13:29 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    38.8 km (24.1 mi) depth
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 May 2016 23:22 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    176.4 km (109.6 mi) depth
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 May 2016 21:59 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    146 km (90.7 mi) depth
    43 km (27 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 16 May 2016 03:13 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    49 km (30.4 mi) depth
    39 km (25 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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