Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 79 km east of Luganville, Sanma, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020 9:43 am (GMT +11) -

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 79 km east of Luganville, Sanma, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020 9:43 am (GMT +11)

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 126 km depth

15 Dec 22:55 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 12 minutes.
16 Dec 04:45: Magnitude recalculated from 4.4 to 4.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 106.0 to 126.0 km (from 66 to 78 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 76 km (47 mi) towards ENE.
Update Tue, 15 Dec 2020, 23:00
Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes near Luganville, Vanuatu
4.4 quake 16 Dec 9:43 am (GMT +11)
4.4 quake 16 Dec 9:43 am (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred in the morning on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 9:43 am local time near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, as reported by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate depth of 106 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. 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.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Luganville (pop. 13,400) located 16 km from the epicenter, Lakatoro (pop. 710) 54 km away, and Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) 70 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 15 Dec 2020 22:43:05 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020 9:43 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 126.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.51°S / 167.9°E (Coral Sea, Sanma Province, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (72 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
79 km (49 mi) E of Luganville (Sanma) (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) NE of Norsup (Malampa) (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
103 km (64 mi) ESE of Port-Olry (Sanma) (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
186 km (115 mi) SSE of Sola (Torba) (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (156 mi) N of Port Vila (Shefa) (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
472 km (293 mi) NNW of Isangel (Tafea) (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from S
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
M 4.2126 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG
M 5.0125 km62 Km NE of Norsup, VanuatuUSGS
M 5.0122 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
M 5.1122 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 4.2126 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

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