Mag. 4.5 earthquake - 50 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 29 Oct 7:00 pm (GMT +11) -

Mag. 4.5 earthquake  - 50 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 29 Oct 7:00 pm (GMT +11)

Light magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 118 km depth

29 Oct 08:29 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 29 minutes.
29 Oct 08:41: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 119.0 to 118.0 km (from 74 to 73 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.4 km (2.8 mi) towards N.
Update Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 08:54
Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes near Luganville, Vanuatu
4.5 quake: 42 Km WSW of Saratamata, Vanuatu, 29 Oct 2020 08:00
4.5 quake: 42 Km WSW of Saratamata, Vanuatu, 29 Oct 2020 08:00
A deep magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported early evening near the town of Luganville, Vanuatu. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit early evening on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 7.00 pm local time at a relatively great depth of 118 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ) agency, which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake. A third agency, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.5.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt, based on preliminary calculations, include Luganville (pop. 13,400) at a distance of 50 km with very weak shaking, Lakatoro (pop. 700) at a distance of 72 km with very weak shaking, and Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) at a distance of 78 km with very weak shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 29 Oct 2020 08:00:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 29 Oct 7:00 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 118.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.49°S / 167.63°E (Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (26 km / 16 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
50 km (31 mi) E of Luganville (pop: 13,400)
72 km (44 mi) NNE of Lakatoro (pop: 705)
78 km (48 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950)
180 km (112 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170)
260 km (162 mi) NNW of Port-Vila (Port Vila) (pop: 35,900)
483 km (300 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 26.3°C (79 F), humidity: 79%, wind: 8 m/s (16 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: EMSC
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 4.5118 km42 Km WSW of Saratamata, VanuatuEMSC
M 4.5118 km57 Km E of Luganville, VanuatuUSGS
M 4.6118 km31 Km WSW of Saratamata, VanuatuGFZ
M 4.5118 km57 Km E of Luganville, VanuatuUSGS
M 4.5118 km57 Km E of Luganville, VanuatuUSGS

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Mag. 4.5 earthquake - 50 km east of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 29 Oct 7:00 pm (GMT +11)
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    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 20 Sep 1920 14:39
    | 8.1 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    520km / 323mi
    | Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia (Vanuatu)
  • 06 Feb 2013 01:12
    | 8.0 |
    29km / 18mi
    |
    8 years ago
    |
    593km / 369mi
    | SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
  • 17 Jul 1980 19:42
    | 7.9 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    40 years ago
    |
    378km / 235mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 02 Dec 1950 19:51
    | 7.9 |
    30km / 19mi
    |
    70 years ago
    |
    321km / 199mi
    | Vanuatu
  • 03 Oct 1931 19:13
    | 7.9 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    89 years ago
    |
    857km / 532mi
    | Solomon Islands
  • 09 Aug 1901 13:01
    | 7.9 |
    unknown
    |
    119 years ago
    |
    766km / 476mi
    | Southeast of the Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia)
  • 07 Oct 2009 22:18
    | 7.8 |
    35km / 22mi
    |
    11 years ago
    |
    357km / 222mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 31 Dec 1966 18:23
    | 7.8 |
    55km / 34mi
    |
    54 years ago
    |
    396km / 246mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands)
  • 17 Dec 1957 13:50
    | 7.8 |
    124km / 77mi
    |
    63 years ago
    |
    357km / 222mi
    | Santa Cruz Islands (Vanuatu)
  • 16 Jun 1910 06:30
    | 7.8 |
    100km / 62mi
    |
    111 years ago
    |
    493km / 306mi
    | Vanuatu
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