Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 151 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 8 Apr 2021 12:13 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 151 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 8 Apr 2021 12:13 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 265 km depth

8 Apr 01:22 UTC: First to report: USGS after 8 minutes.
8 Apr 21:38: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 262.9 to 264.9 km (from 163 to 165 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.3 km (1.4 mi) towards SE.
Update Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 01:27
Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu
5.1 quake 8 Apr 12:13 pm (GMT +11)
5.1 quake 8 Apr 12:13 pm (GMT +11)
The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Vanuatu near Isangel, Tafea Province, only 13 minutes ago. The earthquake hit around noon on Thursday 8 April 2021 at 12:13 pm local time at an intermediate to considerable depth of 262.9 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 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.1.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Isangel (pop. 1,400) located 118 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

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Date & time: 8 Apr 2021 01:13:46 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 8 Apr 2021 12:13 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 264.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.5113°S / 169.4896°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Traitor's Head (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
117 km (72 mi) N of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
151 km (94 mi) SE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
351 km (218 mi) SE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
355 km (220 mi) NE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (234 mi) NNE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
415 km (258 mi) SE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
464 km (288 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
514 km (320 mi) NE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
517 km (321 mi) NE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
525 km (326 mi) NE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
111 km (69 mi) N of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 27.1°C (81 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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
5.2265 km116 Km N of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
5.1268 kmVANUATUEMSC
5.0284 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.1273 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
5.1274 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

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