Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu
A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Vanuatu at 06:48 UTC on January 10, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 160 km (99 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 162 km (100 miles).
The epicenter was located 47.4 km (29.5 miles) E of Lakatoro (population 705), 93.9 km (58.3 miles) SE of Luganville (population 13 397), and 195.4 km (121.4 miles) NNW of Port-Vila (population 35 901), Vanuatu.
There are 110 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
253 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.
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 resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and rubble/field stone masonry 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
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