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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 94 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 7:03 am (GMT +11)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 94 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 7:03 am (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 94 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 7:03 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 59 km depth

28 Dec 20:22 UTC: First to report: USGS after 19 minutes.
28 Dec 21:46: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 64.6 to 58.6 km (from 40 to 36 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.5 km (1.5 mi) towards NW.
Update Mon, 28 Dec 2020, 20:27
Significant 5.0 quake hits near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands
5.0 quake 29 Dec 7:03 am (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 29 Dec 7:03 am (GMT +11)
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 5.0 quake in the Solomon Islands near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, only 24 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Tuesday 29 December 2020 at 7:03 am local time at a moderately shallow depth of 64.6 km. 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.0.
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 Lata (pop. 550) located 96 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 28, 2020 20:03:27 UTC
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 7:03 am (GMT +11)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth58.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude11.3958°S / 166.3213°E (Coral Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode11.396°N / 13.679°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTinakula (129 km / 80 mi)
Nearby towns and cities94 km (58 mi) SE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
306 km (190 mi) NNW of Sola (Vanuatu) (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
195 km (121 mi) N of Hiw Island (pop: 269) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 29.3°C (85 F), humidity: 67%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from N
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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
5.059 km93 Km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsUSGS
5.059 kmSANTA CRUZ ISLANDS, Solomon IslandsEMSC
4.867 kmSanta Cruz Islands, Solomon IslandsGeoAu
5.052 kmSanta Cruz Islands, Solomon IslandsGFZ

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