5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu

Earthquake location -12.4869S, 166.5309W

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.5 (ml/mb) was reported 189 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu (117 miles) on Friday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, depth 42.26 km, 166.5309° East, -12.4869° South. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 42.26 km (26 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact time and date of earthquake 18/03/16 / 2016-03-18 12:49:14 / March 18, 2016 @ 12:49 pm UTC/GMT. All ids that are associated to the event: us20005aqk. Unique identifier: us20005aqk. The temblor was detected at 23:49:14 / 11:49 pm (local time epicenter).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days thirty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year.

Original Article:http://www.earthquakenewstoday.com/2016/03/18/moderate-earthquake-m5-5-quake-has-struck-near-sola-in-vanuatu/

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