M6.0 earthquake hits Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands


A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands at 12:04 UTC on November 25, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 39.9 km (24.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 30 km (18 miles).

The epicenter was located about 76 km (47 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands, and 533 km (330 miles) N of Luganville, Vanuatu.

There are about 20 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

7 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 17 000 light.

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 vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) construction.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

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