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Light earthquake, 4.2 mag was detected near Lakatoro in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -16.1629S, 168.2086WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 30/08/20 / 2020-08-30 15:38:38 / August 30, 2020 @ 3:38 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 177.67 km (110 miles). The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 15:38:38 / 3:38 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 168.2086 East, latitude -16.1629 South, depth = 177.67 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: us7000bh5m. Event ids that are associated: us7000bh5m.

Epicenter of the event was 85 km (53 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days fourty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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: 85 km E of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 168.2086° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.1629° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 177.67 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 85 km 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 2020-08-30 15:38:38 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-09-06 14:13:44 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 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 271 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 1.201 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.65 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 124 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 us7000bh5m Id of event.
Event Code 7000bh5m An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000bh5m, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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