Earthquake information: Strong Mag. 5.5 Earthquake – Coral Sea, 79 km northwest of Port Vila, Province of Shefa, Vanuatu, on Friday May 6, 2022 at 07:15 (GMT +11)
Strong earthquake of magnitude 5.5 at 15 km depth
May 5 20:23 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 8 minutes.
May 5 20:24: Now uses data updates from GFZ
May 5 20:28: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5. Epicenter location corrected 12 km (7.6 mi) N.
May 5 20:35: Now uses USGS data updates
Updated Thu 5 May 2022, 20:33
Significant 5.5 earthquake strikes near Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
5.5 earthquake May 6 07:15 (GMT +11)
The event was recorded by the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later released by the RaspberryShake Citizen Seismograph Network, which also listed it as a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. A third agency, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), reported the same magnitude 5.3 quake.
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake was likely felt by many people in the epicenter area. It must not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling off shelves, glass breaking, etc.
In Port Vila (35,900 inhabitants) located 75 km from the epicenter, the earthquake should have been felt as slight tremors.
Weak tremors could have been felt at Lakatoro (pop. 710) located 136 km from the epicenter.
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Date hour : May 5, 2022 8:15:47 PM UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 7:15 a.m. (GMT +11)
Depth: 14.8 km
Latitude / longitude of the epicenter: 17.3877°S / 167.6682°E (Coral Sea, Vanuatu)
Antipode: 17.388°N / 12.332°W
Nearest volcano: North Vate (73 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and villages:
79 km (49 mi) WNW of Port Vila (pop: 35,900) –> See nearby earthquakes!
150 km (93 mi) SSE of Norsup (pop: 3,000) –> See nearby earthquakes!
215 km (133 mi) SSE of Santo (Luganville) (pop: 13,400) –> See nearby earthquakes!
269 km (167 mi) SSE of Port-Olry (pop: 1,950) –> See nearby earthquakes!
294 km (183 mi) northwest of isangel (pop: 1,440) –> See nearby earthquakes!
382 km (237 mi) NNE of Fayaoué (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,410) –> See nearby earthquakes!
391 km (243 mi) south of sola (pop: 1,170) –> See nearby earthquakes!
395 km (245 mi) north of Wé (Lifou, New Caledonia) (pop: 10,400) –> See nearby earthquakes!
464 km (289 mi) NNE of Poindimié (New Caledonia) (pop: 4,890) –> See nearby earthquakes!
120 km (74 mi) SSW of Paama Island (pop: 1,630) –> See nearby earthquakes!
126 km (78 mi) south of Malakula Island (pop: 22,900) –> See nearby earthquakes!
299 km (186 mi) northwest of Island of Tanna (pop: 28,800) –> See nearby earthquakes!
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Main data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated energy released: 1.1×1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | on seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies
Info: The more agencies report the same earthquake and publish similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It normally takes up to a few hours for the seismic parameters to be calculated with near optimum accuracy.
|5.5||15 kilometers||78 Km WNW of Port Vila, Vanuatu||USGS|
|5.5||15 kilometers||Vanuatu Islands||RaspberryShake|
|5.6||32 kilometers||Vanuatu Islands||GFZ|
|5.4||10 kilometers||Vanuatu: Near Noumea||RENASS|
|5.5||10 kilometers||Vanuatu Islands||GeoAu|
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