A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.2 (ml/mb) strikes 17 kilometers (11 miles) from Luganville in Vanuatu on Wednesday. Exact location of event, longitude 167.2163 East, latitude -15.6881 South, depth = 44 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20004hax. Id of event: us20004hax. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 44 km (27 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 15/12/15 / 2015-12-15 13:29:38 / December 15, 2015 @ 1:29 pm. The 5.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 00:29:38 / 12:29 am (local time epicenter).
Close country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro, Luganville. Epicenter of the event was 20 km (12 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 51 km (31 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fourty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.
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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 17 km SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu.
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