Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 73 km south of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 15 March 2006 at 05:27 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 30 km depth
Date & time: 15 Mar 2006 05:27:54 UTC
Depth: 29.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.871°S / 167.242°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Paama Island (114 km / 71 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
88 km (55 mi) SSW of Lakatoro (pop: 705) --> See nearby quakes!
149 km (93 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
151 km (94 mi) S of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
204 km (127 mi) S of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
367 km (228 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
427 km (265 mi) N of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
450 km (280 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 5.6||30 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
- 27 Mar 2006 00:46 UTC| M 4.4 |35 km (21.7 mi) depth|35 km (22 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 15 Mar 2006 08:56 UTC| M 4.4 |10 km (6.2 mi) depth|9 km (6 mi) distance| USGS | Details