Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Friday, 9 December 2016 at 23:39 (GMT)

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.7 quake Solomon Islands 8 December 17:38 UTC, which had occurred 1 day 6 hours earlier.
Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Solomon Islands on Friday, 9 December 2016 at 23:39 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

9 Dec 23:47 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Dec 9 23:48: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.4.
Dec 9 23:49: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.3.
Dec 9 23:49: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.4.
Dec 9 23:54: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5.
Dec 10 08:16: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.4.
Dec 10 10:08: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.3.
Date & time: 9 Dec 2016 11:39:38 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.32°S / 161.27°E (Solomon Islands)
Nearest volcano: Gallego (206 km / 128 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
73 km (45 mi) W of Kirakira (Nakumwe) (pop: 1,120)
175 km (109 mi) SE of Honiara (pop: 56,300)
183 km (114 mi) SE of Tulagi (Florida Islands) (pop: 1,750)
184 km (114 mi) SSE of Auki (pop: 6,810)
184 km (114 mi) ESE of Malango (pop: 10,500)
304 km (189 mi) SE of Buala (pop: 2,700)
497 km (309 mi) W of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553)
545 km (339 mi) ESE of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.310 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
M 5.659 km SOLOMON ISLANDSEMSC
M 5.669 km- 66km W of Kirakira, Solomon IslandsUSGS
M 5.475 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu

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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake Solomon Islands 9 December 23:39 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (19 quakes):
  • 25 Jan 2017 10:21 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Jan 2017 02:20 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    36 km (22.4 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 19 Jan 2017 23:04 UTC
    | M 6.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 23:04 (GMT)
  • 04 Jan 2017 21:03 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 04 Jan 2017 16:24 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    59.5 km (37 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Dec 2016 08:49 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Dec 2016 04:21 UTC
    | M 6.4 |
    32 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at 04:21 (GMT)
  • 18 Dec 2016 11:35 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 18 Dec 2016 05:46 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 14 Dec 2016 16:34 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 14 Dec 2016 03:24 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 15:50 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 03:46 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    54 km (33.6 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 20:08 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 13:42 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 13:38 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 12:17 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 02:38 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 00:23 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    57 km (35.4 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Friday, 9 December 2016 at 23:39 (GMT)
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