Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 95 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 21 December 1985 at 03:09 (GMT)
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Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 33 km depth
Date & time: 21 Dec 1985 03:09:42 UTC
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.145°S / 166.712°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
95 km (59 mi) WSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
107 km (67 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (100 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (140 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
393 km (244 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
435 km (270 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) More info
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|M 5.1||33 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
- 21 Dec 1985 13:11 UTC| M 4.6 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|11 km (7 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 21 Dec 1985 11:09 UTC| M 5.3 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|12 km (8 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 21 Dec 1985 09:22 UTC| M 4.4 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|15 km (9 mi) distance| USGS | Details