Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 95 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 8:10 pm (GMT +11) -

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 95 km northwest of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 8:10 pm (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

14 Mar 09:28 UTC: First to report: USGS after 18 minutes.
Update Sun, 14 Mar 2021, 09:33
Significant 5.0 quake hits near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
5.0 quake 14 Mar 8:10 pm (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 14 Mar 8:10 pm (GMT +11)
A shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported in the evening near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Sunday 14 March 2021 at 8:10 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 5.0 as well.
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 Port Vila (pop. 35,900) located 95 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Mar 14, 2021 09:10:27 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 8:10 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.3715°S / 167.5015°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode: 17.372°N / 12.499°W
Nearest volcano: North Vate (91 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
95 km (59 mi) WNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) S of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
209 km (130 mi) S of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
263 km (164 mi) S of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
379 km (235 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
389 km (242 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
395 km (246 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
457 km (284 mi) NNE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) S of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) NW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 27.6°C (82 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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.
5.010 km95 Km WNW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
5.010 kmNear Nouméa, VanuatuRENASS

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