Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 92 km northeast of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 12:19 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 92 km northeast of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 12:19 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Nov 01:36 UTC: First to report: USGS after 16 minutes.
18 Nov 23:46: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 4.9. Epicenter location corrected by 5.7 km (3.6 mi) towards NNW.
Update Tue, 17 Nov 2020, 01:39
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes near Luganville, Vanuatu
4.8 quake 63 km east of Port-Olry, Vanuatu, 17 Nov 12.19 pm (GMT +11)
4.8 quake 63 km east of Port-Olry, Vanuatu, 17 Nov 12.19 pm (GMT +11)
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake was reported only 19 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 12.19 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 63 km from the epicenter, Luganville (pop. 13,400) 88 km away, and Sola (pop. 1,200) 111 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 17 Nov 2020 01:19:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 12:19 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.8198°S / 167.6159°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (63 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
63 km (39 mi) ENE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) NNE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
105 km (65 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (87 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) NW of Maewo Island (pop: 3,570) --> See nearby quakes!
162 km (100 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 27.4°C (81 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from SE
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.910 km63 Km ENE of Port-Olry, VanuatuUSGS
4.810 kmVANUATUEMSC

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