Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 557 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 8 October 2009 at 08:28 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - Coral Sea, 557 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 8 October 2009 at 08:28 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 35 km depth

Date & time: 8 Oct 2009 08:28:47 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.298°S / 165.91°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (155 km / 96 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
189 km (117 mi) WNW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
231 km (144 mi) NW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
282 km (175 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
286 km (178 mi) S of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
347 km (216 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
537 km (334 mi) SE of Kirakira (Nakumwe, Solomon Islands) (pop: 1,120) --> See nearby quakes!
557 km (346 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.835 kmVanuatuUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.8 quake Coral Sea, 557 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, 8 October 2009 08:28 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (64 quakes):
  • 02 Apr 2010 06:50 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    60.5 km (37.6 mi) depth
    |
    93 km (58 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Mar 2010 09:44 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    89 km (56 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Mar 2010 21:45 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    146 km (91 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Mar 2010 12:10 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    96.3 km (59.8 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Mar 2010 14:02 UTC
    | M 6.5 |
    176 km (109.4 mi) depth
    |
    146 km (91 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 10.1 km west of Ureparapara Island, Torba, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 14:02 (GMT)
  • 04 Mar 2010 09:36 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    77.1 km (47.9 mi) depth
    |
    149 km (92 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Feb 2010 13:35 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    100 km (62 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jan 2010 18:27 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    192.4 km (119.6 mi) depth
    |
    140 km (87 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Jan 2010 03:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    47.4 km (29.5 mi) depth
    |
    135 km (84 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Jan 2010 16:09 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    100 km (62 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Jan 2010 16:32 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    136 km (84 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Jan 2010 15:13 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Dec 2009 10:07 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    47.7 km (29.6 mi) depth
    |
    124 km (77 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Dec 2009 03:36 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    129 km (80 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Nov 2009 22:36 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    112 km (70 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Nov 2009 18:36 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    84 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 557 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 8 October 2009 at 08:28 (GMT)
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