Strong M 6.1 earthquake struck Santa Cruz Islands


Another strong and shallow earthquake recorded as magnitude 6.1 (USGS) struck Santa Cruz Islands on February 02, 2013 at 18:58 UTC. Epicenter of the quake was located 66 km (41 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands and 551 km (342 miles) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu and at depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), coordinates were 10.912°S, 165.260°E. EMSC reported magnitude 5.6 at depth of 40 km(24.85 miles). There is no tsunami warning issued yet.

Magnitude 6.1
  • Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 18:58:07 UTC
  • Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 05:58:07 AM at epicenter
Location 10.912°S, 165.260°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
Distances 66 km (41 miles) WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands
551 km (342 miles) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
604 km (375 miles) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
824 km (512 miles) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 16.8 km (10.4 miles); depth +/- 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters NST=107, Nph=107, Dmin=604.5 km, Rmss=0.99 sec, Gp= 97°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc000f05y


santa_cruz_islands_earthquake USGS shake map of the earthquake. Credits: USGS


In past four days, 6 major earthquakes (including this one) has been reported in this region, along with several lower magnitude earthquakes. Previously, magnitude 6.7 earthquake was recorded yesterday.


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