Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 98 km northeast of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 6 May 2:35 am (GMT +11) -
Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth
5 May 15:49 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 14 minutes.
Update Wed, 5 May 2021, 15:54Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.2 just reported 98 km northeast of Luganville, Vanuatu
5.2 quake 6 May 2:35 am (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred only 18 minutes ago 98 km northeast of Luganville, Vanuatu, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, early morning on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 2:35 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 United States Geological Survey which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1. Other agencies reporting the same quake include France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.0, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.2.
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-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 98 km from the epicenter, Luganville (pop. 13,400) 98 km away, Norsup (pop. 3,000) 122 km away, and Lakatoro (pop. 710) 125 km away.
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Date & time: 5 May 2021 15:35:47 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
6 May 2:35 am (GMT +11)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.12°S / 167.98°E
Nearest volcano: Aoba
(35 km / 22 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:98 km (61 mi) E of Port-Olry
(pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!98 km (61 mi) ENE of Luganville
(pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!122 km (76 mi) NNE of Norsup
(pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!146 km (91 mi) SSE of Sola
(pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!293 km (182 mi) N of Port Vila
(pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!17 km (11 mi) WNW of Maewo Island
(pop: 3,570) --> See nearby quakes!138 km (85 mi) NNE of Malakula Island
(pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 27.9°C
(82 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from W
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
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.
|5.2||10 km||Vanuatu Islands||GFZ|
|5.0||10 km||Near Nouméa, Vanuatu||RENASS|
|5.1||10 km||103 Km E of Port-Olry, Vanuatu||USGS|
|5.1||10 km||Vanuatu Islands||GeoAu|
User reports for this quake (3)
Paranaque, Manila, Philippines / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Hayward, ca USA / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Los Angeles / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):So far, no aftershocks have been registered.
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