A light earthquake magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) has occurred on Monday, 81 kilometers (50 miles) from Isangel in Vanuatu. The temblor was reported at 23:05:55 / 11:05 pm (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 08/02/16 / 2016-02-08 12:05:55 / February 8, 2016 @ 12:05 pm. Id of earthquake: us20004yq4. Event ids that are associated: us20004yq4. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 48.81 km (30 miles). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 168.5603 East, latitude -19.2461 South, depth = 48.81 km.
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Isangel (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 81 km (51 miles) from Isangel (c. 1 400 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days thirty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 81 km WNW of Isangel, Vanuatu.
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