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Light earthquake, 4.1 mag strikes near Lakatoro in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -15.9866S, 168.1309WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.1 (ml/mb) was reported 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Lakatoro in Vanuatu on Sunday. Exact location of event, longitude 168.1309 East, latitude -15.9866 South, depth = 157.46 km. Global time and date of event 17/01/21 / 2021-01-17 05:53:41 / January 17, 2021 @ 5:53 am UTC/GMT. The temblor was picked up at 05:53:41 / 5:53 am (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us7000d3fg. Ids that are associated to the event: us7000d3fg. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 157.46 km (98 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lakatoro (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 77 km (48 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days eight, in the past 30 days nine and in the last 365 days fifty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year.

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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: 77 km E of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 168.1309° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.9866° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 157.46 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 77 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 2021-01-17 05:53:41 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-02-12 13:20:52 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 259 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 1.042 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.15 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 212 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 us7000d3fg Id of event.
Event Code 7000d3fg An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000d3fg, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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