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Light earthquake, 4.3 mag was detected near Luganville in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -15.6434S, 167.2195WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.3 (ml/mb) was reported 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Luganville in Vanuatu on Thursday. Exact location of event, longitude 167.2195 East, latitude -15.6434 South, depth = 98.62 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 00:08:28 / 12:08 am (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20007gud. Id of event: us20007gud. Global time and date of event 26/10/16 / 2016-10-26 13:08:28 / October 26, 2016 @ 1:08 pm UTC/GMT. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 98.62 km (61 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lakatoro, Luganville. Country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 15 km (9 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 55 km (34 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop).

Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days six, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days one hundred and five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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. 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: 13 km SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.2195° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.6434° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 98.62 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 13km SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-10-26 13:08:28 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-11-17 13:23:04 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 660 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 284 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 5.106 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.83 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 80 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 us20007gud Id of event.
Event Code 20007gud An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20007gud, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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