Moderate 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu

Earthquake location -15.3837S, 167.4741W

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) was detected on Monday, 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Luganville in Vanuatu. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 167.4741° East, latitude -15.3837° South, depth = 129.13 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 129.13 km (80 miles). Event id: us2000hfmc. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us2000hfmc. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 17/09/18 / 2018-09-17 00:24:15 / September 17, 2018 @ 12:24 am. The 5.3-magnitude earthquake was detected at 11:24:15 / 11:24 am (local time epicenter).

Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lakatoro, Luganville (min 5000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 37 km (23 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 80 km (50 miles) from Lakatoro (c. 700 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop).

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

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