Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 24 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 5:53 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 24 km south of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 5:53 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 26 km depth

25 Dec 19:19 UTC: First to report: USGS after 26 minutes.
25 Dec 19:21: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 25.8 km (from 6.2 to 16 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.2 km (0.7 mi) towards WNW.
Update Fri, 25 Dec 2020, 19:24
Light magnitude 4.9 quake hits 110 km southeast of Isangel, Vanuatu early morning
4.9 quake 26 Dec 5:53 am (GMT +11)
4.9 quake 26 Dec 5:53 am (GMT +11)
Just 31 minutes ago, a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu. The tremor was recorded early morning on Saturday 26 December 2020 at 5:53 am local time, at a shallow depth of 25.8 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Isangel (pop. 1,400) located 110 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 25 Dec 2020 18:53:23 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 5:53 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 25.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.413°S / 169.789°E (South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Eastern Gemini Seamount (81 km / 50 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
110 km (69 mi) SSE of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
235 km (146 mi) ENE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
269 km (167 mi) ENE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
336 km (209 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
340 km (211 mi) E of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (244 mi) ENE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) ENE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
403 km (251 mi) ENE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
404 km (251 mi) ENE of Païta (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) --> See nearby quakes!
24 km (15 mi) S of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) SSE of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 25.9°C (79 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from ESE
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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 4.926 km- 110 km SSE of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
M 4.910 kmVANUATUEMSC
M 4.910 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 4.926 km110 Km SSE of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS

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