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Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 131 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:56 am (GMT +11) -

Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 131 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:56 am (GMT +11) Light mag. 4.5 earthquake - Coral Sea, 131 km southeast of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:56 am (GMT +11)

Light magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 110 km depth

10 Dec 01:23 UTC: First to report: USGS after 27 minutes.
Update Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 01:30
Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu
4.5 quake 10 Dec 11:56 am (GMT +11)
4.5 quake 10 Dec 11:56 am (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred 33 minutes ago 95 km northwest of Isangel, Vanuatu, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at an intermediate depth of 110.2 km beneath the epicenter near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, in the morning on Friday, December 10th, 2021, at 11:56 am local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.5 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Isangel (pop. 1,400) located 95 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 10, 2021 00:56:52 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:56 am (GMT +11)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.5
Depth110.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude18.8281°S / 168.7831°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode18.828°N / 11.217°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTraitor's Head (48 km / 30 mi)
Nearby towns and cities95 km (59 mi) NW of Isangel (pop: 1,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
131 km (81 mi) SSE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
281 km (175 mi) NE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
311 km (193 mi) NE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
100 km (62 mi) NW of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
187 km (116 mi) NW of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 28.3°C (83 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 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
4.5110 km94 Km NNW of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
4.5110 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake
4.5110 kmVANUATUEMSC

User reports for this quake

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