Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 20 km south of Pentecost Island, Penama Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 9 December 2008 at 17:28 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 224 km depth
Date & time: 9 Dec 2008 17:28:58 UTC
Depth: 224.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.929°S / 168.173°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ambrym (36 km / 22 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
83 km (52 mi) ENE of Lakatoro (pop: 705) --> See nearby quakes!
117 km (73 mi) ESE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
154 km (96 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
202 km (125 mi) N of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
238 km (148 mi) SSE of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
419 km (260 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 6.1||224 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
- 01 Apr 2009 18:31 UTC| M 4.6 |232.8 km (144.7 mi) depth|65 km (40 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 29 Dec 2008 05:14 UTC| M 4.5 |228.2 km (141.8 mi) depth|36 km (23 mi) distance| USGS | Details