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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 41 km south of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 12:59 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 41 km south of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 12:59 pm (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Coral Sea, 41 km south of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 12:59 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 30 km depth

27 Nov 02:20 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 21 minutes.
27 Nov 02:58: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 4.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 18.0 to 14.0 km (from 11.2 to 8.7 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.2 km (6.3 mi) towards WSW.
27 Nov 03:12: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 14.0 to 30.0 km (from 8.7 to 18.6 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 16 km (10.2 mi) towards ENE.
27 Nov 03:12: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Sun, 27 Nov 2022, 02:24

Significant 5.1 quake hits near Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu

5.1 quake 27 Nov 12:59 pm (GMT +11)
5.1 quake 27 Nov 12:59 pm (GMT +11)
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, was reported only 25 minutes ago by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 18 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Sunday, November 27th, 2022, at 12:59 pm local time. 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake 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 Norsup (pop. 3,000) located 28 km from the epicenter, and Santo (pop. 13,400) 40 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Port-Olry (pop. 2,000) located 94 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 & timeNov 27, 2022 01:59:21 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 12:59 pm (GMT +11)
Depth30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude15.8656°S / 167.2925°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode15.866°N / 12.708°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAoba (77 km / 48 mi)
Nearby towns and cities25 km (15 mi) NNW of Norsup (pop: 3,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
29 km (18 mi) NNW of Lakatoro (pop: 705) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
41 km (25 mi) SSE of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
95 km (59 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
223 km (139 mi) S of Sola (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
235 km (146 mi) NNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
24 km (15 mi) SE of St. Bartholomew Island (pop: 4,270) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
50 km (31 mi) NNW of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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.
5.030 kmVanuatuUSGS
4.614 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
5.030 kmVanuatu IslandsRaspberryShake
5.010 kmVanuatu IslandsIRIS


Seismic station: Honiara, Solomon Islands (HNR/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1070 km / 665 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 (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Santo / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 30-60 s


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quake)

So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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