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Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 49 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at 3:51 am (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 49 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at 3:51 am (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 49 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at 3:51 am (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 38 km depth

7 Dec 16:58 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
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13 Dec 21:52: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 35.0 to 38.4 km (from 22 to 24 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 19 km (12 mi) towards E.
Update Tue, 7 Dec 2021, 17:18
Significant magnitude 5.0 earthquake 60 km south of Port Vila, Vanuatu
5.0 quake 8 Dec 3:51 am (GMT +11)
5.0 quake 8 Dec 3:51 am (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred early morning on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, at 3:51 am local time near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a moderately shallow depth of 40 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.
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 Port Vila (pop. 35,900) located 60 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 7, 2021 16:51:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at 3:51 am (GMT +11)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.9
Depth38.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude18.157°S / 168.1676°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode18.157°N / 11.832°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt8 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoNorth Vate (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities49 km (31 mi) SSW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (120 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
247 km (153 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
312 km (194 mi) SSE of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
321 km (200 mi) NNE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
326 km (203 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
366 km (227 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
378 km (235 mi) N of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
428 km (266 mi) NE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
471 km (293 mi) NE of Bourail (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,830) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
189 km (117 mi) S of Paama Island (pop: 1,630) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
199 km (124 mi) NW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 23.1°C (74 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.938 km56 Km SW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
4.940 kmVANUATUEMSC
4.935 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake
5.040 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
4.934 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
5.310 kmVanuatu: Near NouméaRENASS

User reports for this quake (8)

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In bed / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Could hear it coming as it woke me prior to the main horizontal shake with a couple of twitches afterwards  
Independence Park Area, Port Vila / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Light shaking...we live on the 1st floor of an apartment. It was clearly felt by all my family members who woke up a few seconds into the shaking...our neighbours also woke up..  
near Port Vila, Shefa (45.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Loud noise and then quake woke me up  
Port Vila (47.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Vanuatu (49.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Port Vila, Shefa (53.9 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Port Vila, Shefa (52.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 20-30 s (reported through our app)
Havannah / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
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Date and time GMTMag
Depth
DistanceLocationDetails
Sep 20, 1920 14:39
102 years ago
8.1

25 km
218km / 135mi100 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 2, 1950 19:51
72 years ago
7.9

30 km
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Jun 16, 1910 06:30
112 years ago
7.8

100 km
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Nov 26, 1999 13:21
23 years ago
7.5

33 km
193km / 120miPaama Island, 146 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 11, 1992 19:24
30 years ago
7.4

129 km
146km / 91mi56 km NW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 25, 2010 13:16
11 years ago
7.3

16 km
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Aug 10, 2010 05:23
12 years ago
7.3

25 km
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Apr 9, 2008 12:46
14 years ago
7.3

33 km
226km / 140mi72 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 23, 1961 21:51
61 years ago
7.3

25 km
21km / 13mi64 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 9, 1910 06:02
112 years ago
7.3

20 km
247km / 154mi58 km SW of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 20, 2011 16:55
11 years ago
7.2

32 km
23km / 14mi72 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 2, 2002 17:22
20 years ago
7.2

21 km
70km / 44mi51 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 13, 1994 02:35
28 years ago
7.2

33 km
184km / 115mi39 km S of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 13, 1965 12:40
57 years ago
7.2

35 km
226km / 140miMalakula, 27 km SE of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 2, 1953 06:57
69 years ago
7.2

236 km
186km / 116mi62 km NE of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 24, 1944 04:49
78 years ago
7.2

165 km
152km / 94mi47 km N of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 22, 1925 08:41
97 years ago
7.2

35 km
74km / 46mi111 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 2, 2012 13:34
10 years ago
7.1

23 km
115km / 72miCoral Sea, 125 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 20, 2011 18:19
11 years ago
7.1

28 km
18km / 11mi65 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 12, 1990 21:25
32 years ago
7.1

140 km
175km / 109mi29 km W of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 5, 1990 16:38
32 years ago
7.1

21 km
21km / 13mi70 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
May 26, 1950 01:17
72 years ago
7.1

50 km
285km / 177miAneityum Island, 317 km SE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
May 30, 1938 14:29
84 years ago
7.1

35 km
217km / 135mi71 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 24, 1927 01:05
95 years ago
7.1

30 km
58km / 36mi96 km SW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 28, 2016 19:33
6 years ago
7.0

28 km
248km / 154miCoral Sea, 2.2 km NE of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 29, 1993 07:48
28 years ago
7.0

33 km
287km / 178miAneityum Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 15, 1981 07:59
41 years ago
7.0

30 km
116km / 72mi92 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 2, 1972 19:55
50 years ago
7.0

20 km
233km / 145mi80 km SW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 5, 1939 16:42
83 years ago
7.0

30 km
210km / 130mi50 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 11, 1994 21:17
28 years ago
6.9

206 km
126km / 78mi87 km N of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 6, 1989 08:05
33 years ago
6.9

166 km
155km / 96mi47 km NW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
May 4, 1972 07:48
50 years ago
6.9

51 km
253km / 157mi34 km N of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 21, 2018 22:32
4 years ago
6.8

10 km
244km / 152miCoral Sea, 76 km E of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 23, 2015 03:47
7 years ago
6.8

219 km
134km / 83miCoral Sea, 85 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
May 10, 2011 08:55
11 years ago
6.8

11 km
232km / 144mi291 km NE of Noumea, Nouméa, South Province, New CaledoniaMore
Sep 28, 1987 11:47
35 years ago
6.8

31 km
31km / 19mi80 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 6, 1984 23:08
38 years ago
6.8

182 km
110km / 68mi90 km NW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 9, 1973 19:55
48 years ago
6.8

39 km
257km / 159mi57 km SE of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
May 1, 1963 10:03
59 years ago
6.8

143 km
133km / 83mi65 km N of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 9, 2012 07:09
10 years ago
6.7

16 km
187km / 116miCoral Sea, 58 km NE of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 13, 1994 03:13
28 years ago
6.7

33 km
179km / 111mi66 km SW of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 29, 1960 06:31
62 years ago
6.7

10 km
153km / 95mi127 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 31, 2019 15:02
3 years ago
6.6

195 km
220km / 137miCoral Sea, 60 km E of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 6, 2003 10:38
19 years ago
6.6

114 km
145km / 90mi60 km NW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 3, 2002 10:17
20 years ago
6.6

10 km
58km / 36mi34 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 22, 1999 12:40
23 years ago
6.6

33 km
227km / 141miAmbrym, 182 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jun 29, 1995 12:24
27 years ago
6.6

139 km
194km / 121miTanna, 0.6 km SE of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 28, 1987 13:46
35 years ago
6.6

25 km
43km / 27mi91 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 16, 1986 12:41
36 years ago
6.6

111 km
184km / 114mi13 km W of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 20, 1970 10:39
52 years ago
6.6

239 km
136km / 85mi91 km N of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 29, 1970 10:08
52 years ago
6.6

237 km
131km / 81mi82 km NE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 9, 1970 16:01
52 years ago
6.6

30 km
117km / 73mi89 km NW of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 1966 03:18
56 years ago
6.6

35 km
56km / 35mi32 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 5, 1955 17:48
67 years ago
6.6

15 km
204km / 127miMalakula, 44 km SE of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 10, 1944 16:24
78 years ago
6.6

15 km
53km / 33mi47 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 14, 1936 17:41
86 years ago
6.6

25 km
30km / 19mi79 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 28, 1925 16:13
97 years ago
6.6

25 km
26km / 16mi59 km SW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 19, 2015 13:18
7 years ago
6.5

2 km
195km / 121miCoral Sea, 149 km N of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 20, 2011 17:13
11 years ago
6.5

35 km
17km / 10mi66 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 9, 2011 10:03
11 years ago
6.5

22 km
112km / 70mi158 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 1, 1994 16:35
28 years ago
6.5

17 km
69km / 43mi67 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 15, 1994 21:11
28 years ago
6.5

20 km
260km / 162miVanuatuMore
Dec 29, 1993 08:39
28 years ago
6.5

33 km
270km / 168mi24 km N of Aneityum Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 17, 1992 02:51
30 years ago
6.5

12 km
188km / 117mi38 km NE of Tanna Island, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 25, 1989 14:17
33 years ago
6.5

34 km
271km / 168miVanuatuMore
Sep 30, 1987 01:39
35 years ago
6.5

51 km
32km / 20mi67 km SW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 3, 1985 15:55
37 years ago
6.5

29 km
108km / 67mi75 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 5, 2020 12:05
1 year 42 weeks ago
6.4

187 km
225km / 140miCoral Sea, 64 km E of Lakatoro, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
May 27, 2020 07:09
2 years ago
6.4

10 km
123km / 76miCoral Sea, 87 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 21, 2019 02:52
3 years ago
6.4

273 km
172km / 107miCoral Sea, 65 km NE of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 20, 2017 20:09
5 years ago
6.4

200 km
118km / 73miTafea Province, 138 km SE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 2, 2012 00:54
9 years ago
6.4

34 km
140km / 87miCoral Sea, 109 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Dec 29, 2010 06:54
11 years ago
6.4

16 km
167km / 104mi215 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 28, 2008 18:33
14 years ago
6.4

32 km
215km / 134mi56 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 9, 2008 11:13
14 years ago
6.4

16 km
236km / 147mi277 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 12, 2008 11:23
14 years ago
6.4

13 km
198km / 123mi38 km SW of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Jan 23, 2006 06:02
16 years ago
6.4

23 km
98km / 61mi74 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 29, 2001 02:40
21 years ago
6.4

33 km
38km / 24mi87 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 24, 1994 17:55
28 years ago
6.4

21 km
147km / 91mi78 km S of Malakula Island, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 1994 06:48
28 years ago
6.4

13 km
93km / 58mi141 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 23, 1990 17:54
32 years ago
6.4

10 km
75km / 47mi74 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Oct 25, 1986 20:47
36 years ago
6.4

31 km
55km / 34mi21 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 4, 1972 03:49
50 years ago
6.4

20 km
232km / 144mi58 km S of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 13, 1972 14:33
50 years ago
6.4

30 km
260km / 161miVanuatuMore
Jun 2, 2009 02:17
13 years ago
6.3

15 km
50km / 31mi39 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Nov 4, 2008 18:35
14 years ago
6.3

206 km
118km / 73mi39 km N of Emau Island, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 19, 2008 05:58
14 years ago
6.3

14 km
244km / 152mi287 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 9, 2008 14:47
14 years ago
6.3

35 km
218km / 135mi66 km SW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 9, 2008 11:23
14 years ago
6.3

35 km
238km / 148mi279 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 12, 2008 11:36
14 years ago
6.3

10 km
213km / 132mi52 km SW of Norsup, Malampa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 18, 2021 06:37
1 year 14 weeks ago
6.2

10 km
84km / 52miCoral Sea, 133 km S of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Feb 16, 2021 00:49
1 year 14 weeks ago
6.2

5.6 km
72km / 45miCoral Sea, 77 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Sep 6, 2020 02:59
1 year 38 weeks ago
6.2

10 km
123km / 76miCoral Sea, 96 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 13, 2018 09:46
4 years ago
6.2

184 km
126km / 78miCoral Sea, 73 km N of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Jun 21, 2018 21:13
4 years ago
6.2

10 km
49km / 31miCoral Sea, 28 km W of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jun 14, 2016 13:49
6 years ago
6.2

114 km
89km / 55miCoral Sea, 120 km SE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Jul 8, 2014 12:56
8 years ago
6.2

115 km
58km / 36miSandwich Island, 10.2 km NE of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Apr 14, 2012 22:05
10 years ago
6.2

11 km
109km / 68miCoral Sea, 85 km NW of Isangel, Tafea Province, VanuatuMore
Aug 24, 2011 23:06
11 years ago
6.2

13 km
47km / 29mi78 km SW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
Mar 17, 2011 02:48
11 years ago
6.2

17 km
105km / 65mi73 km NW of Port Vila, Shefa Province, VanuatuMore
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