M 5.7 in Vanuatu on 17 Apr 2017 02:21 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.7M
Depth: 20.37 Km
Lat/Lon: -13.3869 , 166.5373
Event Date: 17 Apr 2017 02:21 UTC
Exposed Population: About 1000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us10008i97
Inserted at: 17 Apr 2017 02:42 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity: 1.1 (VUT)

Gdacs Score

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Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm)Source
1164239 0 17 Apr 2017 02:21 5.7M, 20.37km 4.79 2 thousand 00:20 NEIC

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Vanuatu , of Vanuatu (population 165,000) . The nearest places are Vipaka, and Gavigamana.

Radius Population
100 km 1900 people
75 km 1400 people
50 km 1400 people
20 km <1000 people
10 km <1000 people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu 160000 people
Solomon Is. Solomon Islands 360000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Vipaka Vanuatu Village5 - 11 km
Gavigamana Vanuatu Village6 - 28 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Torres TOH unknown 0 13 km

More information

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