A light earthquake magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Port-Vila in Vanuatu. Exact location of event, longitude 168.2272 East, latitude -16.9682 South, depth = 214.32 km. Global time and date of event 31/01/16 / 2016-01-31 18:43:03 / January 31, 2016 @ 6:43 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 214.32 km (133 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). All ids that are associated to the event: us20004w6f. Unique identifier: us20004w6f. The 4.9-magnitude earthquake was detected at 05:43:03 / 5:43 am (local time epicenter).
Epicenter of the event was 86 km (53 miles) from Port-Vila (c. 35 900 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Port-Vila (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days twenty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 85 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu.
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