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Light earthquake, 4.9 mag has occurred near Lakatoro in Vanuatu



Earthquake location -16.3927S, 167.5929WA light earthquake magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu. The temblor was detected at 07:36:34 / 7:36 am (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 17/05/16 / 2016-05-17 20:36:34 / May 17, 2016 @ 8:36 pm. The epicenter was at a depth of 31.69 km (20 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: us10005i2d. Unique identifier: us10005i2d. Exact location, longitude 167.5929° East, latitude -16.3927° South, depth = 31.69 km.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 38 km (23 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days seventeen and in the last 365 days thirty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year.

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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: 35 km SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.5929° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.3927° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 31.69 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 35km SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-05-17 20:36:34 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-05-18 20:20:53 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 660 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 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 0 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 369 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 1.012 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.62 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 87 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10005i2d Id of event.
Event Code 10005i2d An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10005i2d, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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