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Light earthquake 4.4 mag, 81 km E of Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Earthquake location -16.1045S, 168.1742WA light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has occurred on Thursday, 81 kilometers (50 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 25/12/19 / 2019-12-25 14:05:35 / December 25, 2019 @ 2:05 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, longitude 168.1742 East, latitude -16.1045 South, depth = 165.85 km. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake was detected at 01:05:35 / 1:05 am (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us70006xsw. Ids that are associated to the event: us70006xsw. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 165.85 km (103 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 81 km (50 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop).

Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days thirty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.

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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: 81 km E of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 168.1742° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.1045° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 165.85 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 81km E of Lakatoro, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2019-12-25 14:05:35 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-01-15 10:56:26 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 298 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 5.349 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.01 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 110 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 us70006xsw Id of event.
Event Code 70006xsw An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us70006xsw, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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