Earthquakes in New Caledonia

In New Caledonia there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around New Caledonia by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • May 9, 4:51 am
    Magnitude 5.0: 261 km east-southeast of Tadine at a depth of 10 km.
  • May 7, 3:11 am
    Magnitude 4.5: southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 10 km.
  • May 7, 1:04 am
    Magnitude 5.0: 275 km east of Tadine at a depth of 110.64 km.
  • May 6, 7:15 am
    Magnitude 5.5: 78 km west-northwest of Port-Vila, Vanuatu at a depth of 14.82 km.
  • May 11, 12:18 am
    Magnitude 5.6: 94 km northwest of Port-Vila, Vanuatu at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in New Caledonia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in New Caledonia happened on 05/16/1995 in the region Noumea; Vanuatu (Port-Vila) with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
02/10/2021Loyalty Islands10 km7.70
12/05/2018Loyalty Islands10 km7.50
10/16/2018Loyalty Islands17 km6.50
08/29/2018Loyalty Islands21 km7.10
11/19/2017Loyalty Islands13 km6.30
11/19/2017Loyalty Islands28 km6.60
11/19/2017Loyalty Islands25 km7.00
11/01/2017Loyalty Islands7 km6.60
10/31/2017Loyalty Islands12 km6.70
08/12/2016Loyalty Islands28 km7.20
05/10/2011Loyalty Islands9 km6.80
04/09/2008Loyalty Islands12 km7.30
12/27/2003Loyalty Islands25 km6.10
05/16/1995Noumea; Vanuatu (Port-Vila)44 km7.70
11/02/1972Loyalty Islands (Tanna, Anatom)22 km7.00

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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