Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Vanuatu on Monday, 28 September 1987 at 11:47 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - Vanuatu on Monday, 28 September 1987 at 11:47 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 31 km depth

Date & time: 28 Sep 1987 11:47:08 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 30.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.411°S / 168.058°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Fatmalapa (99 km / 62 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
80 km (50 mi) SSW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
291 km (181 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
349 km (217 mi) N of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
389 km (242 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
449 km (279 mi) NNE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
456 km (283 mi) NNE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
461 km (287 mi) NNE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.831 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.8 quake Vanuatu 28 September 1987 11:47 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (36 quakes):
  • 26 Mar 1988 09:42 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    17.4 km (10.8 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Mar 1988 18:24 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    37.9 km (23.5 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Mar 1988 12:06 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    47.7 km (29.6 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Mar 1988 15:35 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    151.4 km (94.1 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Feb 1988 21:42 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    38.9 km (24.2 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 05:20 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    49.4 km (30.7 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 04:05 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    22.8 km (14.2 mi) depth
    |
    97 km (60 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 03:33 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    90 km (56 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Jan 1988 23:13 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    42.6 km (26.5 mi) depth
    |
    152 km (94 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jan 1988 09:31 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jan 1988 08:22 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    44.2 km (27.5 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Vanuatu on Thursday, 21 January 1988 at 08:22 (GMT)
  • 11 Jan 1988 13:33 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    21.6 km (13.4 mi) depth
    |
    74 km (46 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Jan 1988 22:17 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Dec 1987 05:36 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    17.9 km (11.1 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Dec 1987 02:38 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    43.3 km (26.9 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Nov 1987 20:16 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    247.9 km (154 mi) depth
    |
    142 km (88 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Vanuatu on Monday, 28 September 1987 at 11:47 (GMT)
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