Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 02:59 UTC (13:59 LT) on September 6, 2020, at a depth of 8 km (5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 102 km (63 miles) NW of Port-Vila and 118 km (73 miles) S of Lakatoro, Vanuatu.

There are about 54 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

150 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

This area was hit by at least 5 moderately strong earthquakes since August 30, including today's M6.2.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unknown/miscellaneous types and wood construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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