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Strong Quake Strikes SE of the Loyalty Islands

Posted by feww on December 9, 2009

New Episodes of Intense Seismicity Before Year End Highly Probable

Earthquake Measuring Up to 6.7 Mw Strikes Southeast of the Loyalty Islands

Strong Earthquake Measuring up to Magnitude 6.7 struck 120 km west of Ile Hunter, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, at a depth of about 60km on December 09, 2009 at 09:46 UTC.

The earthquake occurred about 42 km NNW of the Matthew Island volcano. Since November 2008 at least a half dozen strong quakes measuring between 6.1 and 6.8Mw have struck close to the volcano.

Special Interest: Sumatra’s Mt Kerinci Erupts

10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,170°E


Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude:  [Maximum quake magnitude estimated at 6.7 Mw by FEWW]
  • GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
  • Region: Southeast of Loyalty Islands
  • Time: 2009-12-09 09:46:05.7 UTC
  • Epicenter: 170.96°E 22.24°S
  • Depth: 59 km
  • Status: manually revised

Historic Seismicity (Source: USGS/EHP)

Seismic Hazard Map (Source: USGS/EHP)

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