Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - VANUATU on Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 06:37 (GMT) - information

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 133 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 5:37 pm (GMT +11)

- Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Coral Sea, 133 km south of Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, on Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 5:37 pm (GMT +11)

Tremblement de terre très fort magnitude 6.2 at 10 km depth

18 Feb 06:46 UTC: Premier à signaler: EMSC après 9 minutes.
18 Feb 06:48: Profondeur recalculée de 10.0 à 60.0 km (de 6.2 à 37 mi). Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 18 km (11 mi) au SE.
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18 Feb 07:05: Profondeur recalculée de 60.0 à 10.0 km (de 37 à 6.2 mi). Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 7.9 km (4.9 mi) au N.
Update Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 06:51
Significant magnitude 5.7 quake hits 140 km southwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu in the afternoon
5.7 quake 18 Feb 5:37 pm (GMT +11)
5.7 quake 18 Feb 5:37 pm (GMT +11)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred only 14 minutes ago 140 km southwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu, in the afternoon on Thursday 18 February 2021 at 5:37 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) which listed the quake at magnitude 6.1.
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 140 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 18 Feb 2021 06:37:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: jeudi, 18 févr. 2021 17:37 (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.2
Profondeur: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.9°S / 168.02°E (Mer de Corail, Vanuatu)
Volcan le plus près: Traitor's Head (128 km / 80 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
133 km SSO de Port-Vila (Port Vila) (pop: 35,900) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
151 km ONO de Isangel (pop: 1,440) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
238 km NNE de Wé (Lifou, Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 10,400) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
249 km NE de Fayaoué (Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 4,410) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
295 km N de Tadin (Maré, Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 7,490) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
322 km SSE de Norsup (pop: 3,000) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
387 km SSE de Luganville (pop: 13,400) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
397 km NNE de Dumbéa (Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 19,300) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
403 km NNE de Mont-Dore (Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 24,700) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
409 km NNE de Nouméa (Nouvelle-Calédonie) (pop: 93,100) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
153 km ONO de Tanna Island (pop: 28,800) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 68%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from W
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) Plus d'infos
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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.
MagnitudeProfondeurLieuSource
6.210 kmVANUATUEMSC
6.210 kmVanuatu IslandsGFZ
6.110 km135 Km SSW of Port-Vila, VanuatuUSGS
6.229 kmVanuatu IslandsGeoAu
6.319 kmVanuatu Islands [Sea: Vanuatu]INGV
6.110 kmVanuatu IslandsBMKG

User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Eton reef, Efate (134.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
port vila / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
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