A light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was reported 62 kilometers (39 miles) from Isangel in Vanuatu on Wednesday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 23/12/20 / 2020-12-23 15:24:19 / December 23, 2020 @ 3:24 pm. The epicenter was at a depth of 261.34 km (162 miles). The 4.4-magnitude earthquake was detected at 15:24:19 / 3:24 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us6000d5s6. Id of event: us6000d5s6. Exact location of event, depth 261.34 km, 169.4826° East, -19.0058° South.
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Isangel (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 65 km (40 miles) from Isangel (c. 1 400 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days sixty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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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 data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 62 km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu.
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