A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 20:52 UTC on April 9, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.
The epicenter was located about 65 km (45 miles) WSW of Norsup (population 2 998) and 95 km (59 miles) SSW of Luganville (population 13 397), Vanuatu.
There are about 60 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
4 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 111 000 light.
There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.
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
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