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Light earthquake: M4.8 quake has struck near Vanuatu



Earthquake location -14.5108S, 167.3257WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, Vanuatu kilometers (0 miles) from Vanuatu. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 191.19 km (119 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, depth 191.19 km, 167.3257° East, -14.5108° South. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10008ruz. Id of event: us10008ruz. The temblor was reported at 14:14:31 / 2:14 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of earthquake 12/05/17 / 2017-05-12 14:14:31 / May 12, 2017 @ 2:14 pm UTC/GMT.

Nearby country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Sola (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 74 km (46 miles) from Sola (c. 1 200 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days eighty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

Questions or comments?

What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. 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: Vanuatu.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.3257° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -14.5108° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 191.19 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2017-05-12 14:14:31 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-05-20 08:25:37 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 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 354 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 6.232 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.88 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 73 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 us10008ruz Id of event.
Event Code 10008ruz An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10008ruz, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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