Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 563 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 17 October 2009 at 13:18 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 35 km depth
Date & time: 17 Oct 2009 13:18:40 UTC
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.015°S / 166.417°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (113 km / 70 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
156 km (97 mi) NW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (147 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
263 km (164 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
355 km (221 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
563 km (350 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> 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||35 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
- 19 Oct 2009 07:35 UTC| M 5.3 |35 km (21.7 mi) depth|33 km (21 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 17 Oct 2009 16:26 UTC| M 5.0 |14.7 km (9.1 mi) depth|20 km (12 mi) distance| USGS | Details