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, 13:36Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Gizo, New Georgia Group, Western Province, Solomon Islands
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.
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