Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Malampa Province, 168 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 07:44 (GMT)

This quake was likely a foreshock of the 5.6 quake 88 km east of Norsup, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, 16 December 2018 09:48 GMT, which followed after 2 hours and 4 minutes.
Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake  - Malampa Province, 168 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 07:44 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

16 Dec 07:56 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 13 minutes.
Date & time: 16 Dec 2018 07:44:03 UTC
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.23°S / 168.15°E (Malampa Province, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ambrym (4 km / 2 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
80 km (50 mi) E of Lakatoro (Malampa) (pop: 705) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) ESE of Norsup (Malampa) (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
132 km (82 mi) SE of Luganville (Sanma) (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
168 km (105 mi) N of Port Vila (Shefa) (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) SE of Port-Olry (Sanma) (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) SSE of Sola (Torba) (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
387 km (241 mi) NNW of Isangel (Tafea) (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.210 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 5.250 km VANUATUEMSC
M 5.234 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
M 5.249 km- 89km ESE of Lakatoro, VanuatuUSGS

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Aftershocks of the 5.2 quake Malampa Province, 168 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, 16 December 2018 07:44 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 23 Dec 2018 20:29 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Dec 2018 08:04 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Dec 2018 09:48 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    32.8 km (20.4 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GeoAu | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Malampa Province, 168 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 07:44 (GMT)
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