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Powerful Quake Strikes Loyalty Islands

Posted by feww on May 10, 2011

Latest Shocks Point to a Potentially Catastrophic Phase of Seismicity in PRF: FIRE-EARTH

  • USGS downgraded the mainshock from a Magnitude 7.1 to M6.8

  • The Mainshock followed by at least a half dozen aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.8MW

  • NO Pacific-wide Tsunami reported.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.8
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 08:55:09 UTC
  • Location: 20.252°S, 168.273°E
  • Depth 14.9 km (9.3 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 134 km (83 miles) SW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
    • 149 km (92 miles) NNE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
    • 276 km (171 miles) S of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
    • 1,741 km (1081 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth +/- 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Earthquake Location Map (Source: EMSC)

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