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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 58 km west of Gizo, Solomon Islands, on 25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 58 km west of Gizo, Solomon Islands, on 25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 58 km west of Gizo, Solomon Islands, on 25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 82 km depth

24 Jul 13:30 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 10 minutes.
24 Jul 13:31: Now using data updates from GFZ
24 Jul 15:13: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 110.0 to 10.0 km (from 68 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 28 km (17 mi) towards NNW.
24 Jul 17:02: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 82.0 km (from 6.2 to 51 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 26 km (16 mi) towards SSW.
Update Sat, 24 Jul 2021, 13:36

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Gizo, New Georgia Group, Western Province, Solomon Islands

5.0 quake 25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11)
An intermediate magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported after midnight near Gizo, New Georgia Group, Western Province, Solomon Islands.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Sunday 25 July 2021 at 12:19 am local time at an intermediate depth of 110 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. 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. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the United States Geological Survey at magnitude 5.1, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.1.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
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 Gizo (pop. 6,200) located 43 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJul 24, 2021 13:19:56 UTC
Local time at epicenter25 Jul 12:19 am (GMT +11)
Depth82.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.01°S / 156.32°E (Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode8.01°N / 23.68°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt3 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoSimbo (30 km / 19 mi)
Nearby towns and cities58 km (36 mi) W of Gizo (New Georgia Group) (pop: 6,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
156 km (97 mi) SSE of Buin (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
210 km (130 mi) SSE of Panguna (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
215 km (133 mi) SSE of Arawa (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
361 km (224 mi) W of Buala (pop: 2,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
418 km (260 mi) WNW of Malango (pop: 10,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
429 km (267 mi) WNW of Honiara (pop: 56,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 28.5°C (83 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
5.082 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
5.186 km42 Km W of Gizo, Solomon IslandsUSGS
5.210 kmSolomon Islands: Near Port MoresbyRENASS
4.982 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu

User reports for this quake (4)

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Gizo solomon island (58.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Strong quake about 3 to 5 sec | 3 users found this interesting.  
Gizo, Western Province (58.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Noro and town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Shaky  


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