Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 23:53 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - Vanuatu Islands 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 11:53:47 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 40.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.475°S / 169.617°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Yasur (25 km / 16 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (22 mi) ENE of Isangel (pop: 1,440)
237 km (147 mi) SE of Port-Vila (Port Vila) (pop: 35,900)
293 km (182 mi) NE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490)
293 km (182 mi) ENE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400)
443 km (276 mi) NE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700)
453 km (282 mi) NE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100)
511 km (318 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400)
851 km (529 mi) WSW of Lautoka (Fiji) (pop: 52,500)
Primary data source: GeoAu
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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M 5.040 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
M 5.110 km- 44km E of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS

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Port vila / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : I was scared
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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake Vanuatu Islands 12 December 23:53 UTC

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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 - Vanuatu Islands on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 23:53 (GMT)
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