Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu, on Monday, 23 December 1985 at 18:15 (GMT)
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Moderate magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 42 km depth
Date & time: 23 Dec 1985 18:15:09 UTC
Depth: 42.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.979°S / 166.32°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (119 km / 74 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
133 km (83 mi) W of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) NW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
194 km (120 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
259 km (161 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
366 km (228 mi) S of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
469 km (292 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 5.5||42 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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- 11 Jan 1986 12:31 UTC| M 5.6 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|22 km (14 mi) distance| USGS | Details