Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Vanuatu on Saturday, 27 January 1979 at 18:15 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake  - Vanuatu on Saturday, 27 January 1979 at 18:15 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 25 km depth

Date & time: 27 Jan 1979 18:15:00 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.544°S / 168.207°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: William (94 km / 58 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
91 km (56 mi) S of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
158 km (98 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
282 km (175 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
289 km (179 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
336 km (209 mi) N of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
354 km (220 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (253 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
441 km (274 mi) NNE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
448 km (278 mi) NNE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
454 km (282 mi) NNE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.325 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.3 quake Vanuatu 27 January 1979 18:15 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (13 quakes):
  • 15 Jul 1979 18:39 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    81 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Jul 1979 16:25 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    56 km (34.8 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 May 1979 15:39 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    147 km (91.3 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 13 May 1979 00:51 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    37 km (23 mi) depth
    |
    84 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Apr 1979 05:38 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    32 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Mar 1979 08:44 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 27 Jan 1979 18:48 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    17589 km (10929 mi) distance
    | | Details

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Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Vanuatu on Saturday, 27 January 1979 at 18:15 (GMT)
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