Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 34 km southwest of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on 14 May 6:02 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Coral Sea, 34 km southwest of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu, on 14 May 6:02 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 10 km depth

13 May 19:21 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 19 minutes.
13 May 19:41: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 5.0 km (from 6.2 to 3.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 7.4 km (4.6 mi) towards SSE.
13 May 23:14: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 5.0 to 10.0 km (from 3.1 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards NW.
Update Thu, 13 May 2021, 19:27
Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake 49 km south of Norsup, Vanuatu
4.8 quake 14 May 6:02 am (GMT +11)
4.8 quake 14 May 6:02 am (GMT +11)
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a magnitude 4.8 quake in Vanuatu near Norsup, Malampa Province, only 25 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early morning on Friday 14 May 2021 at 6:02 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 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 United States Geological Survey, which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well.
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 Lakatoro (pop. 710) located 45 km from the epicenter, and Norsup (pop. 3,000) 49 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Luganville (pop. 13,400) located 111 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 13 May 2021 19:02:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 14 May 6:02 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.54°S / 167.36°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Nearest volcano: Ambrym (87 km / 54 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
49 km (31 mi) S of Lakatoro (pop: 705) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) S of Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> See nearby quakes!
115 km (72 mi) S of Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> See nearby quakes!
167 km (104 mi) NW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) --> See nearby quakes!
169 km (105 mi) S of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (185 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
391 km (243 mi) NNW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) SSW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 25.7°C (78 F), humidity: 85%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from WSW
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.810 kmVANUATUEMSC
4.810 km44 Km S of Lakatoro, VanuatuUSGS

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