A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was reported 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu on Wednesday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 26/12/18 / 2018-12-26 03:23:53 / December 26, 2018 @ 3:23 am. All ids that are associated to the event: us2000ixli. Unique identifier: us2000ixli. The temblor was reported at 14:23:53 / 2:23 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, 167.868° East, -16.2911° South, depth 35 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 53 km (33 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days seventeen, in the past 30 days twenty-four and in the last 365 days fifty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.
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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. 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: 51 km ESE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.
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