Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 97 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 25 Dec 2020 2:35 pm (GMT +11) -

Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - Coral Sea, 97 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, 25 Dec 2020 2:35 pm (GMT +11)

Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 133 km depth

25 Dec 03:56 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Update Fri, 25 Dec 2020, 04:00
Light magnitude 4.6 quake hits 97 km southeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu early afternoon
4.6 quake 25 Dec 2:35 pm (GMT +11)
4.6 quake 25 Dec 2:35 pm (GMT +11)
A intermediate magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported early afternoon near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit on Friday 25 December 2020 at 2:35 pm local time at an intermediate depth of 132.8 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Port Vila (pop. 35,900) located 97 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 25 Dec 2020 03:35:50 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 25 Dec 2020 2:35 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 132.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.4654°S / 168.8092°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Traitor's Head (54 km / 34 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
97 km (60 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
317 km (197 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
340 km (212 mi) NE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
356 km (221 mi) NNE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
371 km (231 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
423 km (263 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
456 km (283 mi) NE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
489 km (304 mi) NE of Bourail (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,830) --> See nearby quakes!
128 km (79 mi) NNW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 27.8°C (82 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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 4.6133 km- 96 km SSE of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
M 4.6137 kmVANUATUEMSC
M 4.6133 km96 Km SSE of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS

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