Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 463 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, 12 October 2009 at 20:59 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 35 km depth
Date & time: 12 Oct 2009 20:59:38 UTC
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.075°S / 166.253°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (130 km / 81 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
139 km (86 mi) NW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) W of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
188 km (117 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
253 km (157 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
376 km (234 mi) S of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 5.7||35 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
- 23 Oct 2009 21:38 UTC| M 4.5 |42.4 km (26.3 mi) depth|33 km (20 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 12 Oct 2009 21:02 UTC| M 4.5 |35 km (21.7 mi) depth|30 km (18 mi) distance| USGS | Details