Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 42 km north of Emau Island, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 28 January 1966 at 05:42 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 42 km north of Emau Island, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 28 January 1966 at 05:42 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 28 Jan 1966 05:42:17 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.114°S / 168.559°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 16.992°S/168.592°E (14 km / 9 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
74 km (46 mi) NNE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
170 km (106 mi) SE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
232 km (144 mi) SE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
281 km (174 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
376 km (234 mi) SSE of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
444 km (276 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
447 km (278 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
544 km (338 mi) NE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
586 km (364 mi) NE of Koné (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.010 kmVanuatuUSGS
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