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Strong earthquake, 6.2 mag was detected near Port-Vila in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -17.1497S, 167.5791WA earthquake with magnitude 6.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 101 kilometers (63 miles) from Port-Vila in Vanuatu. Exact location of event, longitude 167.5791 East, latitude -17.1497 South, depth = 8.24 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 06/09/20 / 2020-09-06 02:59:15 / September 6, 2020 @ 2:59 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has been issued near Port-Vila in Vanuatu (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 8.24 km (5 miles). The 6.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 02:59:15 / 2:59 am (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us7000birm. Ids that are associated to the event: pt20250002, at00qg7uyr, us7000birm.

Close country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected). Event epicenter was 102 km (63 miles) from Port-Vila (c. 35 900 pop), 118 km (73 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lakatoro, Port-Vila (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days seventy-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. There are an estimated 135 quakes in the world each year.

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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: 101 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 6.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 167.5791° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -17.1497° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 8.24 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 101 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2020-09-06 02:59:15 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-09-06 11:01:53 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 3 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.8 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 4.195 The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level green 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 593 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 ,pt,at,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 1.731 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.19 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 54 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 us7000birm Id of event.
Event Code 7000birm An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt20250002,at00qg7uyr,us7000birm, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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