Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 76 km northwest of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, 23 February 1986 at 18:28 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 33 km depth
Date & time: 23 Feb 1986 18:28:52 UTC
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.449°S / 166.722°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
76 km (47 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
110 km (68 mi) SW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
128 km (80 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
194 km (120 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
403 km (251 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
426 km (265 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> 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||33 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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