Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at 12:33 (GMT)

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.7 quake Solomon Islands 8 December 17:38 UTC, which had occurred 12 days earlier.
Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at 12:33 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

20 Dec 12:40 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Dec 20 12:44: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Dec 20 12:44: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 5.8.
Dec 20 13:18: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Date & time: 20 Dec 2016 12:33:15 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.18°S / 160.97°E (Solomon Islands)
Nearest volcano: Gallego (165 km / 103 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
108 km (67 mi) NW of Kirakira (Nakumwe) (pop: 1,120)
139 km (87 mi) SE of Honiara (pop: 56,300)
147 km (92 mi) SE of Malango (pop: 10,500)
150 km (93 mi) SE of Tulagi (Florida Islands) (pop: 1,750)
160 km (99 mi) S of Auki (pop: 6,810)
272 km (169 mi) SE of Buala (pop: 2,700)
509 km (316 mi) SE of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150)
739 km (459 mi) SE of Arawa (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 40,300)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.910 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
M 6.010 km SOLOMON ISLANDSEMSC
M 6.151 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu
M 6.017 kmSolomon Is. [Sea]INGV
M 5.912 km- 114km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon IslandsUSGS

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Honiara (Solomon Islands, 122 km NW of epicenter) : It was big enough to shake my bed (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake Solomon Islands 20 December 12:33 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes):
  • 17 Feb 2017 14:05 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    80 km (49.7 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (22 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 04 Feb 2017 04:12 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    34 km (21.1 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 25 Jan 2017 10:21 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (15 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Jan 2017 02:20 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    36 km (22.4 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 19 Jan 2017 23:04 UTC
    | M 6.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (20 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 23:04 (GMT)
  • 10 Jan 2017 15:27 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    64 km (39.8 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 at 15:27 (GMT)
  • 04 Jan 2017 21:03 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (33 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 04 Jan 2017 16:24 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    59.5 km (37 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Dec 2016 02:30 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Dec 2016 23:22 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 Dec 2016 20:07 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (5 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at 12:33 (GMT)
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