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Major earthquake, 7.3 mag strikes near Port-Olry in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -14.8S, 167.4WA major earthquake magnitude 7.3 (ml/mb) has occurred on Wednesday, 46 kilometers (29 miles) from Port-Olry in Vanuatu. A tsunami warning has been issued near Port-Olry in Vanuatu (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 08:52:03 / 8:52 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 167.4 East, latitude -14.8 South, depth = 117 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pt15293052, at00nwjgqr. Id of event: at00nwjgqr. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 20/10/15 / 2015-10-20 21:52:03 / October 20, 2015 @ 9:52 pm. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 117 km (73 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lakatoro, Sola, Luganville (min 5000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 84 km (52 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Sola (c. 1 200 pop), 145 km (90 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Nearby country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected).

There are an estimated 15 major earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days thirty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Earthquakes 7.0 to 7.9 may cause serious damage.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 46 km NE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 7.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.4° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -14.8° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 117 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 46km NE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-10-20 21:52:03 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-20 22:01:10 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 660 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 1 The total number of felt reports
CDI 5.3 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status REVIEWED Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 1 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 820 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network at The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pt,at, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 24 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.85 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 39.6 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mi The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID at00nwjgqr Id of event.
Event Code 00nwjgqr An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt15293052,at00nwjgqr, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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