Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 45 km west of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on 5 May 12:33 am (GMT +11) -

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 45 km west of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on 5 May 12:33 am (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

4 May 13:50 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 17 minutes.
4 May 14:16: Epicenter location corrected by 3.2 km (2 mi) towards W.
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4 May 15:25: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 30.0 to 10.0 km (from 18.6 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.4 km (3.4 mi) towards ENE.
Update Tue, 4 May 2021, 13:54
Significant 5.0 quake hits near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
5.0 quake 5 May 12:33 am (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 5 May 12:33 am (GMT +11)
A very shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported after midnight near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 12:33 am local time at a very shallow depth of 9 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.
A second report was later issued by Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake as well. A third agency, the United States Geological Survey, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.0.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Port Vila (pop. 35,900) located 38 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 4 May 2021 13:33:22 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 5 May 12:33 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.62°S / 167.91°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: North Vate (47 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
45 km (28 mi) WNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
181 km (113 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
247 km (153 mi) SSE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
258 km (160 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
300 km (187 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
367 km (228 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) --> See nearby quakes!
373 km (232 mi) N of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
457 km (284 mi) NE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) --> See nearby quakes!
467 km (290 mi) NE of Punereuin (New Caledonia) (pop: 2,740) --> See nearby quakes!
498 km (310 mi) NE of Koné (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
156 km (97 mi) SSE of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
134 km (83 mi) SSW of Paama Island (pop: 1,630) --> See nearby quakes!
257 km (160 mi) NW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 24°C (75 F), humidity: 94%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from SW
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
5.010 kmVANUATUEMSC
5.09.3 km41 Km WNW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
4.936 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu

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