Very strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Vanuatu


Very strong earthquake of magnitude 6.7, reported by USGS, hit Vanuatu on Friday, March 09, 2012 at 07:09:54 UTC. First reported magnitude was 7,1, later downgraded to 6,7. So far there are no reports on damage. Reported depth is 36.8 km (22.9 miles). The nearest populated places are: Isava (15km). The closest civilian airport is Aniwa (17km). Epicenter was 61 km (37 miles) NE of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu and 206 km (128 miles) SE of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu. 

The maximum estimated Tsunami wave height was 0.2m for Isavai, Vanuatu. This height was estimated to be reached 00:11 hours after the start of the event.

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicenter.

Magnitude 6.7
  • Friday, March 09, 2012 at 07:09:54 UTC
  • Friday, March 09, 2012 at 06:09:54 PM at epicenter
Location 19.109°S, 169.625°E
Depth 36.8 km (22.9 miles)
Distances 61 km (37 miles) NE of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
206 km (128 miles) SE of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
325 km (201 miles) NE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
1934 km (1201 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.8 km (9.2 miles); depth +/- 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Parameters NST= 90, Nph= 91, Dmin=466.4 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7

Featured image: Google Earth

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