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Strong earthquake, 6.5 mag was detected near Isangel in Vanuatu



Earthquake location -18.819S, 169.014WA earthquake magnitude 6.5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Thursday, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Isangel in Vanuatu. The temblor was reported at 07:09:50 / 7:09 am (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pt17263004. Id of event: pt17263004. The epicenter was at a depth of 196.8 km (122 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Isangel in Vanuatu (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 169.014° East, latitude -18.819° South, depth = 196.8 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 20/09/17 / 2017-09-20 20:09:50 / September 20, 2017 @ 8:09 pm UTC/GMT.

Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Isangel. Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) from Isangel (c. 1 400 pop).

There are an estimated 135 quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days fourty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 85 km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 6.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 169.014° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -18.819° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 196.8 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2017-09-20 20:09:50 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-09-20 20:16:25 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 1 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 650 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network pt The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pt, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 26 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 93.599992512001 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mi The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID pt17263004 Id of event.
Event Code 17263004 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt17263004, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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