Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 90 km west of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on 2019-09-09 20:37:58 +11:00

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 90 km west of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on 2019-09-09 20:37:58 +11:00

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 21 km depth

9 Sep 10:03 UTC: First to report: USGS after 25 minutes.
Date & time: 9 Sep 2019 09:37:58 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 2019-09-09 20:37:58 +11:00
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 20.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.4904°S / 168.4268°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Yasur (107 km / 66 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) W of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
195 km (121 mi) S of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (124 mi) NE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (147 mi) NNE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (147 mi) ENE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
360 km (224 mi) NE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
364 km (226 mi) NNE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
372 km (231 mi) NNE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
462 km (287 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) W of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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.
M 5.221 km88km W of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
M 5.230 kmVanuatuEMSC
M 5.110 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 5.110 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

User reports for this quake (3)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own user report!
[email protected] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Kolkata
[email protected] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
201 km N of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Felt while laying in bed.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android


More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Additional seismic data sources
  • Improved content in English
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.