A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 88 kilometers (55 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu on Sunday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 15/12/18 / 2018-12-15 22:23:34 / December 15, 2018 @ 10:23 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 49.33 km (31 miles). Exact location of event, depth 49.33 km, 168.1415° East, -16.5047° South. All ids that are associated to the event: us2000ityd. Unique identifier: us2000ityd. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 09:23:34 / 9:23 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
Epicenter of the event was 90 km (56 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Nearby country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days thirty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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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. 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: 88 km ESE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.
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