Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 543 km north of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 17 October 2009 at 16:26 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 15 km depth
Date & time: 17 Oct 2009 16:26:15 UTC
Depth: 14.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.189°S / 166.464°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ureparapara (100 km / 62 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
140 km (87 mi) WNW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
216 km (134 mi) NNW of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) NNW of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
284 km (176 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
543 km (338 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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|M 5.0||15 km||Vanuatu||USGS|
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