Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, 69 km north of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, 18 Jan 2021 6:17 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, 69 km north of Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Monday, 18 Jan 2021 6:17 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 158 km depth

18 Jan 07:28 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes.
18 Jan 08:04: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.3.
Update Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 07:33
Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Port-Olry, Sanma Province, Vanuatu
5.1 quake 18 Jan 6:17 pm (GMT +11)
5.1 quake 18 Jan 6:17 pm (GMT +11)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Vanuatu near Port-Olry, Sanma Province, only 16 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early evening on Monday 18 January 2021 at 6:17 pm local time at an intermediate to considerable depth of 158 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 the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 69 km from the epicenter, Sola (pop. 1,200) 74 km away, and Luganville (pop. 13,400) 121 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 18 Jan 2021 07:17:17 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 18 Jan 2021 6:17 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 158.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 14.43°S / 167.17°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Gaua (40 km / 25 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
69 km (43 mi) N of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
74 km (46 mi) SSW of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
121 km (75 mi) N of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
184 km (114 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
388 km (241 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
438 km (272 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (113 mi) NW of Pentecost Island (pop: 16,800) --> See nearby quakes!
208 km (129 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) SSE of North Island (pop: 269) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 29.1°C (84 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 4 m/s (9 kts) from E
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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 5.3158 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
M 5.3161 km58 Km NNE of Port-Olry, VanuatuUSGS
M 5.3161 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Luganville / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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