Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 77 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 15 January 2002 at 04:47 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 77 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 15 January 2002 at 04:47 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 15 Jan 2002 04:47:59 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.334°S / 167.722°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: North Vate (69 km / 43 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
77 km (48 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
210 km (131 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
264 km (164 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
385 km (239 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
390 km (242 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
401 km (249 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
472 km (294 mi) NNE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
512 km (318 mi) NE of Koné (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.010 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 04 Mar 2002 06:53 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Jan 2002 14:49 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Jan 2002 04:56 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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