Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 48 km southeast of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 48 km southeast of Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 47 km depth

7 May 03:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Update Fri, 7 May 2021, 03:06
Moderate 4.9 quake hits near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu
4.9 quake 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11)
4.9 quake 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred only 25 minutes ago 48 km southeast of Luganville, Vanuatu, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 46.5 km beneath the epicenter near Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, around noon on Friday 7 May 2021 at 1:40 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1. 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 Norsup (pop. 3,000) located 41 km from the epicenter, Luganville (pop. 13,400) 48 km away, and Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) 93 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 7 May 2021 02:40:46 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 7 May 1:40 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 46.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.7316°S / 167.5558°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Aoba (47 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (25 mi) NNE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) ESE of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) SE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
206 km (128 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
237 km (147 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (37 mi) N of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 28.5°C (83 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 8 m/s (16 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
4.947 km40 Km NNE of Norsup, VanuatuUSGS
4.944 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
5.048 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.332 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

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