Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu

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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Vanuatu at 08:18 UTC (19:18 local time) on May 8, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.5 km (7.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 99.2 km (61.6 miles) ENE of Luganville (population 13 397), and 291 km (180.8 miles) N of Port-Vila (population 35 901), Vanuatu.

1 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 9 000 strong, 13 000 moderate, and 131 0000 weak.

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.

m6.1 earthquake vanuatu may 8 2024 location map
Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

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Selected cities exposed

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Regional seismicity

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