Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 36 km east of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 23:53 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 36 km east of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 23:53 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 40 km depth

13 Dec 00:12 UTC: First to report: GeoAu after 18 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 26.2 to 40.3 km.
Date & time: 12 Dec 2018 23:53:47 UTC
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 40.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.475°S / 169.617°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Yasur (25 km / 16 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (22 mi) ENE of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
237 km (147 mi) SE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) NE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) ENE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
443 km (276 mi) NE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
444 km (276 mi) NE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
446 km (277 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
450 km (279 mi) NE of Païta (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) --> See nearby quakes!
453 km (282 mi) NE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
466 km (290 mi) ENE of La Foa (New Caledonia) (pop: 2,950) --> See nearby quakes!
30 km (19 mi) E of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.040 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
M 5.133 km VANUATUEMSC
M 5.110 km- 44km E of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS

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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake Coral Sea, 36 km east of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, 12 December 2018 23:53 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 31 Jan 2019 05:50 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    202 km (125.5 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 36 km east of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 23:53 (GMT)
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