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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 85 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 at 7:18 am (GMT +11)

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 85 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 at 7:18 am (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 85 km northwest of Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 at 7:18 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 53 km depth

19 Jan 20:28 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
19 Jan 21:07: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 48.0 km (from 6.2 to 30 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 19 km (12 mi) towards ESE.
19 Jan 21:08: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 48.0 to 53.0 km (from 30 to 33 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.5 km (2.8 mi) towards WSW.
Update Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 20:33
Significant magnitude 5.3 earthquake 100 km northwest of Sola, Vanuatu
5.3 quake 20 Jan 7:18 am (GMT +11)
5.3 quake 20 Jan 7:18 am (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred only 15 minutes ago 100 km northwest of Sola, Vanuatu, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Sola, Torba, Vanuatu, in the morning on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7:18 am local time. 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 5.1.
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 Sola (pop. 1,200) located 100 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 19, 2021 20:18:19 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Jan 20, 2021 at 7:18 am (GMT +11)
Depth53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude13.42°S / 166.92°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode13.42°N / 13.08°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoSuretamatai (88 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities85 km (53 mi) NW of Sola (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
181 km (113 mi) N of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
235 km (146 mi) N of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
299 km (186 mi) N of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
324 km (201 mi) SSE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands) (pop: 553) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
51 km (32 mi) SE of Hiw Island (pop: 269) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
323 km (201 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
5.253 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.146 km99 Km NW of Sola, VanuatuUSGS
5.261 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
5.557 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

User reports for this quake

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