Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 41 km northeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 10:44 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, 41 km northeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 10:44 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 33 km depth

15 Sep 00:00 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 16 minutes.
15 Sep 00:04: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 100.0 to 122.0 km (from 62 to 76 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 23 km (15 mi) towards SW.
15 Sep 00:31: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 122.0 to 33.0 km (from 76 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 22 km (14 mi) towards NNE.
15 Sep 00:55: Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (1.9 mi) towards NW.
Update Wed, 15 Sep 2021, 00:09
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands
5.0 quake 15 Sep 10:44 am (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 15 Sep 10:44 am (GMT +11)
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a magnitude 5.0 quake in the Solomon Islands near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, only 25 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 10:44 am local time at an intermediate depth of 122 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 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 Lata (pop. 550) located 19 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Sep 14, 2021 23:44:14 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 10:44 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.41°S / 165.99°E (Coral Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode: 10.41°N / 14.01°W
Nearest volcano: Tinakula (33 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (25 mi) NNE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553) --> See nearby quakes!
421 km (262 mi) NNW of Sola (Vanuatu) (pop: 1,170) --> See nearby quakes!
445 km (277 mi) E of Kirakira (Nakumwe) (pop: 1,120) --> See nearby quakes!
671 km (417 mi) E of Honiara (pop: 56,300) --> See nearby quakes!
309 km (192 mi) NNW of Hiw Island (pop: 269) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 27.9°C (82 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from E
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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
5.133 kmSolomon Islands: SANTA CRUZ ISLANDSEMSC
4.8117 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsGeoAu
5.1115 km19 Km NE of Lata, Solomon IslandsUSGS
4.8108 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsGFZ
4.7113 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsBMKG

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