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Light earthquake, 4.5 mag has occurred near Port-Vila in Vanuatu

Earthquake location -17.1263S, 168.3559WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was reported 67 kilometers (42 miles) from Port-Vila in Vanuatu on Friday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us6000dcyn. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us6000dcyn. Exact time and date of earthquake 22/01/21 / 2021-01-22 19:56:35 / January 22, 2021 @ 7:56 pm UTC/GMT. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 19:56:35 / 7:56 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 168.3559 East, latitude -17.1263 South, depth = 224.24 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 224.24 km (139 miles).

Epicenter of the event was 68 km (42 miles) from Port-Vila (c. 35 900 pop). Close country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Port-Vila (min 5000 pop).

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

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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: 67 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 168.3559° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -17.1263° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 224.24 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 67 km N 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 2021-01-22 19:56:35 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-02-20 22:03:46 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 312 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 2.003 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.84 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 66 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 us6000dcyn Id of event.
Event Code 6000dcyn An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us6000dcyn, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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