M 5.6 in Vanuatu on 20 Feb 2021 02:44 UTC
Shakemap
Tsunami

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: 5.6M
Depth: 6.67 Km
Lat/Lon: -17.451 , 167.7237
Event Date: 20 Feb 2021 02:44 UTC
20 Feb 2021 13:44 Local
Exposed Population: About 48000 people in MMI>=IV
About 88000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us6000djk6
Inserted at: 20 Feb 2021 03:03 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 6.1 (Vanuatu)

GDACS Score

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  Earthquake
(Shakemap)
GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us6000djk6 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
1359598 0 20 Feb 2021 02:44 5.6M, 6.67km 3.72 less than 100 (in MMI>=VII) 00:19 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


Shakemaps Timeline

AlertShake id #ScoreepisodeidLat/LonMagnitudeDepthMax MMIDate shake (UTC)Delay (hh:mm) 
1 0 1359598 -17.451/167.724 5.6 6.7 3.725 20 Feb 2021 03:05 00:21 (new episode)
2 0 1359598 -17.451/167.724 5.6 6.7 3.725 20 Feb 2021 04:03 01:19 (upd of #1)
3 0 1359598 -17.451/167.724 5.6 6.7 3.725 20 Feb 2021 04:47 02:02 (upd of #2)
4 0 1359598 -17.451/167.724 5.6 6.7 3.725 21 Feb 2021 02:48 1d 00:04 (upd of #3)

Affected Provinces

Intensity Region Province Country Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu 49000 people

Affected populated places. Areas of interest

Intensity Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Natapao Vanuatu Village - 55 km
Matao Tiupeniu Vanuatu Village - 59 km
Port-Havannah Vanuatu Village - 59 km
Sounaï Vanuatu Village - 60 km
Mélé Vanuatu Village - 64 km
Utanlangi Vanuatu Village - 65 km
Epantgoueï Vanuatu Village - 68 km
Erakor Vanuatu Village - 68 km
Port-Vila Vanuatu Capital 35000 people 71 km

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Critical infrastructure

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

Airports

Intensity Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft)
Port Vila Bauerfield VLI 20 Civ. Paved Yes 8500

Ports

Intensity Name LOCODE Country
Port Vila VUVLI Vanuatu

More information

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