Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 30 September 1987 at 01:39 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 30 September 1987 at 01:39 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 51 km depth

Date & time: 30 Sep 1987 01:39:28 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 51.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.162°S / 167.865°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Fatmalapa (85 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
67 km (42 mi) SW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
214 km (133 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
238 km (148 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
303 km (188 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
313 km (194 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
357 km (222 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (234 mi) N of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
407 km (253 mi) NE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
468 km (291 mi) NNE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
469 km (291 mi) NNE of Païta (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.551 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake Vanuatu 30 September 1987 01:39 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (23 quakes):
  • 26 Mar 1988 09:42 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    17.4 km (10.8 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Mar 1988 18:24 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    37.9 km (23.5 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Mar 1988 12:06 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    47.7 km (29.6 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Mar 1988 15:35 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    151.4 km (94.1 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Feb 1988 21:42 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    38.9 km (24.2 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 05:20 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    49.4 km (30.7 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 04:05 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    22.8 km (14.2 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Feb 1988 03:33 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jan 1988 09:31 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jan 1988 08:22 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    44.2 km (27.5 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 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
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Jan 1988 22:17 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Dec 1987 05:36 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    17.9 km (11.1 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Dec 1987 02:38 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    43.3 km (26.9 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Nov 1987 06:06 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Oct 1987 20:44 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33.9 km (21.1 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 30 September 1987 at 01:39 (GMT)
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