M 5.9 in Vanuatu on 06 Aug 2019 22:14 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: 5.9M
Depth: 149.8 Km
Lat/Lon: -17.9929 , 168.6315
Event Date: 06 Aug 2019 22:14 UTC
07 Aug 2019 09:14 Local
Exposed Population: About 82000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us600051m3
Inserted at: 06 Aug 2019 22:43 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 6.1 (Vanuatu)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us600051m3 Scaled population (raster) 0  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1.12  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

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Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1268523 0 06 Aug 2019 22:14 5.9M, 149.8km 4.02 80 thousand 00:29 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Vanuatu ,of Vanuatu (population 165,000) . The alertlevel for this event is GREEN

Intensity Population
no people
no people

Shakemaps Timeline

AlertShake id #ScoreepisodeidLat/LonMagnitudeDepthMax MMIDate shake (UTC)Delay (hh:mm) 
1 0 1268523 -17.993/168.632 5.9 149.8 4.023 06 Aug 2019 22:33 00:18 (new episode)
2 0 1268523 -17.993/168.632 5.9 149.8 4.023 06 Aug 2019 22:43 00:29 (upd of #1)

Affected Provinces

Intensity Region Province Country Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu <1000 people

Critical infrastructure

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

More information

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