Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 462 km east of Noumea, New Caledonia, on Friday, 4 Dec 2020 4:07 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 462 km east of Noumea, New Caledonia, on Friday, 4 Dec 2020 4:07 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 37 km depth

3 Dec 17:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
3 Dec 19:02: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 37.0 km (from 6.2 to 23 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 27 km (17 mi) towards ENE.
Date & time: 3 Dec 2020 17:07:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 4 Dec 2020 4:07 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 37.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 22.81°S / 170.91°E (South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia)
Nearest volcano: Matthew Island (91 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
342 km (213 mi) ESE of Tadine (Maré) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
401 km (249 mi) SSE of Isangel (Vanuatu) (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
431 km (268 mi) ESE of Wé (Lifou) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
450 km (280 mi) E of Mont-Dore (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
462 km (287 mi) E of Noumea (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
512 km (318 mi) ESE of Fayaoué (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
403 km (250 mi) SSE of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
312 km (194 mi) SSE of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 23.8°C (75 F), humidity: 79%, wind: 6 m/s (13 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 5.437 kmSoutheast of Loyalty Islands, New CaledoniaGFZ
M 5.536 kmSoutheast of Loyalty Islands, New CaledoniaBMKG
M 5.410 kmSoutheast of the Loyalty Islands, New CaledoniaUSGS
M 5.318 kmSoutheast of Loyalty Islands, New CaledoniaGeoAu

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