Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu, on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 at 6:32 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu, on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 at 6:32 am (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu, on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 at 6:32 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 133 km depth

19 Nov 19:41 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 9 minutes.
19 Nov 19:42: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 127.0 to 125.0 km (from 79 to 78 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards S.
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20 Nov 16:26: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 133.8 to 133.2 km (from 83 to 83 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.2 km (3.8 mi) towards NE.
Update Fri, 19 Nov 2021, 19:51
Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.4 earthquake 115 km southeast of Isangel, Vanuatu
5.4 quake South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu, Nov 20, 2021 6:32 am (GMT +11)
5.4 quake South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu, Nov 20, 2021 6:32 am (GMT +11)
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a magnitude 5.4 quake in Vanuatu near Isangel, Tafea Province, only 18 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early morning on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, at 6:32 am local time at an intermediate depth of 125 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 France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Isangel (pop. 1,400) located 115 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 19, 2021 19:32:56 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Nov 20, 2021 at 6:32 am (GMT +11)
Depth133.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude20.4857°S / 169.7944°E (South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu)
Antipode20.486°N / 10.206°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoEastern Gemini Seamount (75 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities118 km (73 mi) SSE of Isangel (pop: 1,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
231 km (144 mi) ENE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
268 km (166 mi) E of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
340 km (211 mi) E of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
343 km (213 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
388 km (241 mi) ENE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
393 km (244 mi) ENE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
400 km (248 mi) ENE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
400 km (249 mi) ENE of Paita (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
32 km (20 mi) S of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
115 km (71 mi) SSE of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 21.8°C (71 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | 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.
5.6133 km117 Km SSE of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
5.6133 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.3163 kmVanuatu: Near NouméaRENASS
5.6137 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
5.6133 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake

User reports for this quake (2)

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Lifou (277.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : That’s finished to wake me up  
Nouvelle Calédonie / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jan 7, 2022 22:57
31 weeks ago

125 km
South Pacific Ocean, VanuatuMore
Jan 4, 2022 18:31
31 weeks ago - felt

117 km
South Pacific Ocean, VanuatuMore

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