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Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 58 km northeast of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 58 km northeast of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Coral Sea, 58 km northeast of Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 37 km depth

19 Dec 12:56 UTC: First to report: USGS after 17 minutes.
Update Sun, 19 Dec 2021, 13:03

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake 58 km northeast of Isangel, Vanuatu

4.9 quake 19 Dec 11:40 pm (GMT +11)
4.9 quake 19 Dec 11:40 pm (GMT +11)
A moderately shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake was reported late at night near Isangel, Tafea Province, Vanuatu.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at 11:40 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 36.5 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.9.
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 58 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 19, 2021 12:40:03 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, Dec 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm (GMT +11)
Depth36.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.1909°S / 169.6915°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode19.191°N / 10.309°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoYasur (46 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities58 km (36 mi) NE of Isangel (pop: 1,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
217 km (135 mi) SE of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
318 km (198 mi) NE of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
323 km (201 mi) NE of Tadine (Maré, New Caledonia) (pop: 7,490) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
368 km (229 mi) ENE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
424 km (264 mi) SE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
471 km (293 mi) NE of Dumbéa (New Caledonia) (pop: 19,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
472 km (293 mi) NE of Mont-Dore (New Caledonia) (pop: 24,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
477 km (296 mi) NE of Paita (New Caledonia) (pop: 12,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
481 km (299 mi) NE of Noumea (New Caledonia) (pop: 93,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) NE of Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
113 km (70 mi) N of Aneityum Island (pop: 915) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 27.1°C (81 F), humidity: 87%, wind: 9 m/s (18 kts) from ENE
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.
4.937 km57 Km NE of Isangel, VanuatuUSGS
4.937 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake
5.310 kmVanuatu: Near NouméaRENASS


Seismic station: Norfolk Island (NFK/AU network) | Distance from quake: 1110 km / 690 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Norfolk Island: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.

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