Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 80 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 5 June 1973 at 03:12 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 80 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 5 June 1973 at 03:12 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 24 km depth

Date & time: 5 Jun 1973 03:12:25 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 24.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.192°S / 167.814°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Emae (62 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
80 km (50 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
133 km (83 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
199 km (123 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (157 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
370 km (230 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (253 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
418 km (260 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
491 km (305 mi) NNE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
530 km (329 mi) NE of Koné (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.124 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (12 quakes):
  • 27 Jul 1973 16:08 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    15 km (9.3 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Jun 1973 04:27 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    27 km (16.8 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jun 1973 19:30 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jun 1973 19:19 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    11 km (6.8 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jun 1973 01:01 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    21 km (13 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jun 1973 18:01 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    21 km (13 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jun 1973 07:11 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jun 1973 03:00 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    3 km (1.9 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jun 1973 09:04 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    21 km (13 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jun 1973 07:35 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    15 km (9.3 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jun 1973 05:25 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    14 km (8.7 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jun 1973 04:45 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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