Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 609 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 15 October 2009 at 08:50 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 609 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 15 October 2009 at 08:50 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 35 km depth

Date & time: 15 Oct 2009 08:50:36 UTC
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 12.657°S / 166.195°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (156 km / 97 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
200 km (124 mi) NW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
219 km (136 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
282 km (175 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
401 km (249 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
609 km (378 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.235 kmSanta Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 23 Nov 2009 18:36 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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