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Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, 34 km east of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 at 11:20 am (GMT +11) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, 34 km east of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 at 11:20 am (GMT +11) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Coral Sea, 34 km east of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 at 11:20 am (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

19 Apr 00:44 UTC: First to report: USGS after 23 minutes.
Update Tue, 19 Apr 2022, 00:48

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands

5.3 quake 19 Apr 11:20 am (GMT +11)
5.3 quake 19 Apr 11:20 am (GMT +11)
Just 27 minutes ago, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, at 11:20 am local time, at a shallow depth of 10 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the United States Geological Survey, the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Lata (pop. 550) located 34 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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 & timeApr 19, 2022 00:20:48 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Apr 19, 2022 at 11:20 am (GMT +11)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude10.8329°S / 166.0919°E (Coral Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode10.833°N / 13.908°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTinakula (60 km / 37 mi)
Nearby towns and cities34 km (21 mi) ESE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
374 km (232 mi) NNW of Sola (Vanuatu) (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
261 km (162 mi) NNW of Hiw Island (pop: 269) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
359 km (223 mi) NNW of Ile de la Selle Island (pop: 1,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
430 km (267 mi) NNW of M̄érig Island (pop: 12) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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
5.310 km34 Km ESE of Lata, Solomon IslandsUSGS
5.363 kmSolomon Islands: SANTA CRUZ ISLANDSEMSC
5.310 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsRaspberryShake
5.468 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Honiara, Solomon Islands (HNR/IU network) | Distance from quake: 690 km / 429 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Honiara, Solomon Islands: 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: 0.02-5.0 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.

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
May 7, 2022 11:31
39 weeks ago
4.5

35 km
Coral Sea, 22 km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsMore

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