Earthquakes in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu 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.

6 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. 20 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in Vanuatu since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Vanuatu happened on 12/02/1950 in the region Vanuatu Islands with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
12/15/2018Ambrym Island57 km5.60
04/28/2016Vanuatu Islands7 km7.00
02/19/2015Vanuatu Islands21 km6.40
04/14/2012Vanuatu Islands26 km6.30
03/09/2012Vanuatu Islands50 km6.70
02/02/2012Vanuatu Islands40 km7.00
08/20/2011Vanuatu Islands2 km7.10
08/20/2011Vanuatu Islands23 km7.00
01/09/2011Vanuatu Islands44 km6.50
12/25/2010Vanuatu Islands37 km7.30
08/10/2010Vanuatu Islands44 km7.20
10/07/2009Vanuatu Islands14 km7.60
06/02/2009Tongoa3 km6.30
05/29/2009Tongoa14 km5.70
04/28/2008Vanuatu Islands34 km6.40
08/01/2007Luganville51 km7.20
03/25/2007Vanuatu Islands1 km7.10
11/27/2002Mere Lava Island17 km5.90
01/02/2002Efate, Port Vila48 km7.20
11/26/1999Pentecost15 km7.55
07/27/1990Espiritu Santo59 km6.40
07/06/1987Vanuatu Islands42 km6.60
12/21/1985Vanuatu Islands22 km7.60
11/28/1985Vanuatu Islands54 km7.60
12/29/1973Luganville, Lamap31 km7.20
12/28/1973Espiritu Santo, Luganille45 km7.50
10/27/1971Espiritu Santo, Port Vila36 km7.11
08/13/1965Vanuatu Islands32 km7.30
08/11/1965Vanuatu Islands45 km7.60
07/05/1964Espiritu Santo Islands 7.50
07/23/1961Vanuatu Islands10 km7.30
07/02/1953Vanuatu Islands 7.50
07/13/1952Vanuatu Islands33 km6.80
12/02/1950Vanuatu Islands49 km7.80

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.