Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 53 km south of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on 10 Apr 3:15 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 53 km south of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on 10 Apr 3:15 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 96 km depth

10 Apr 04:26 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes.
Update Sat, 10 Apr 2021, 04:30
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.2 just reported 53 km southwest of Isangel, Vanuatu
5.2 quake 10 Apr 3:15 pm (GMT +11)
5.2 quake 10 Apr 3:15 pm (GMT +11)
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, was reported only 14 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 96 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Saturday 10 April 2021 at 3:15 pm 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 France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same 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 Isangel (pop. 1,400) located 53 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 10 Apr 2021 04:15:59 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 10 Apr 3:15 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 96.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20°S / 169.13°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Yasur (62 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
53 km (33 mi) SSW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
216 km (134 mi) NE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) --> See nearby quakes!
220 km (136 mi) ENE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
266 km (165 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) ENE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
366 km (228 mi) NE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) --> See nearby quakes!
367 km (228 mi) NE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) --> See nearby quakes!
373 km (232 mi) NE of Païta (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) --> See nearby quakes!
376 km (234 mi) NE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) --> See nearby quakes!
474 km (295 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (37 mi) SSW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
75 km (47 mi) WNW of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) --> See nearby quakes!
405 km (252 mi) SSE of Paama Island (pop: 1,630) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 32°C (90 F), humidity: 66%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from WNW
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
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
5.296 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.153 kmVANUATUEMSC
5.210 kmNear Nouméa, VanuatuRENASS
5.161 km57 Km S of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
5.153 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 23 Apr 2021 23:46 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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