Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 14 August 1991 at 19:15 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 14 August 1991 at 19:15 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 14 km depth

Date & time: 14 Aug 1991 19:15:03 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 13.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.593°S / 167.607°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Motlav (11 km / 7 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
32 km (20 mi) N of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
171 km (106 mi) NNE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
220 km (136 mi) NNE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
276 km (171 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
375 km (233 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
467 km (290 mi) N of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> 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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M 6.514 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake Vanuatu 14 August 1991 19:15 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 22 Jan 1992 06:24 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    198.2 km (123.2 mi) depth
    67 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Oct 1991 16:26 UTC
    | M 6.3 |
    43.8 km (27.2 mi) depth
    102 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Vanuatu on Saturday, 12 October 1991 at 16:26 (GMT)
  • 10 Oct 1991 00:06 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    199.6 km (124 mi) depth
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Sep 1991 22:19 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    162.8 km (101.2 mi) depth
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Aug 1991 09:58 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Vanuatu on Wednesday, 14 August 1991 at 19:15 (GMT)
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