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Strong earthquake, 6.2 mag has occurred near Luganville in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -15.6215S, 167.6078WA earthquake with magnitude 6.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Thursday, 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Luganville in Vanuatu. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 20/03/19 / 2019-03-20 15:23:59 / March 20, 2019 @ 3:23 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 6.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 02:23:59 / 2:23 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 167.6078 East, latitude -15.6215 South, depth = 125.44 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 125.44 km (78 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event id: us1000jj9r. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000jj9r.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Event epicenter was 49 km (30 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 57 km (35 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro, Luganville (min 5000 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 135 earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days eighty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city 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: 48 km ESE of Luganville, Vanuatu.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 6.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.6078° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.6215° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 125.44 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 48km ESE 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 2019-03-20 15:23:59 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2019-03-20 15:41:49 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 591 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 6.509 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.82 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 53 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mww The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us1000jj9r Id of event.
Event Code 1000jj9r An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000jj9r, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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