Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 21 December 1985 at 10:01 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 21 December 1985 at 10:01 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 21 Dec 1985 10:01:58 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.187°S / 166.452°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (113 km / 70 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
116 km (72 mi) NW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
124 km (77 mi) WSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
167 km (104 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
232 km (144 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (243 mi) S of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
442 km (275 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> 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 6.333 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (42 quakes):
  • 19 Jun 1986 06:58 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    72.5 km (45 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 May 1986 04:24 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    214 km (133 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Apr 1986 00:25 UTC
    | M 6.5 |
    29.4 km (18.3 mi) depth
    |
    50 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 78 km west of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Monday, 14 April 1986 at 00:25 (GMT)
  • 23 Feb 1986 18:28 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Feb 1986 16:13 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Feb 1986 11:52 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    75 km (47 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Feb 1986 23:28 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Feb 1986 01:44 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    31 km (19.3 mi) depth
    |
    68 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Jan 1986 18:30 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 12:31 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 11:24 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 11:00 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 10:46 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    49 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 09:09 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 07:26 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 1986 06:26 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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