Earthquakes in VanuatuIn 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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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Vanuatu 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.
- Sept. 30, 9:59 amMagnitude 5.8: southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of ten km.
- Sept. 29, 11:42 amMagnitude 4.7: 84 km west of Sola at a depth of 11.81 km.
- Sept. 28, 3:48 pmMagnitude 5.4: southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of ten km.
- Sept. 27, 12:58 amMagnitude 5.5: 112 km east-northeast of Luganville at a depth of 32.03 km.
- Sept. 25, 6:38 amMagnitude 5.0: 11 km west of Port-Olry at a depth of 37.99 km.
- Sept. 24, 3:06 amMagnitude 4.9: 90 km north-northwest of Sola at a depth of 215.33 km.
- Sept. 21, 6:06 pmMagnitude 4.9: 165 km south-southwest of Port-Vila at a depth of 39.55 km.
- Sept. 20, 3:22 pmMagnitude 5.1: 76 km northeast of Norsup at a depth of 11.05 km.
- Oct. 3, 6:07 amMagnitude 4.6: 54 km north-northeast of Port-Olry at a depth of 163.48 km.
- Oct. 2, 12:43 amMagnitude 4.9: 58 km north-northwest of Port-Olry at a depth of 63.42 km.
Earthquakes in Vanuatu since 1950The strongest earthquake in Vanuatu happened on 12/02/1950 in the region Vanuatu Islands with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale.
|12/15/2018||Ambrym Island||11 km||5.4||0|
|04/28/2016||Vanuatu Islands||7 km||7.0||0|
|02/19/2015||Vanuatu Islands||21 km||6.4||0|
|04/14/2012||Vanuatu Islands||26 km||6.3||0|
|03/09/2012||Vanuatu Islands||50 km||6.7||0|
|02/02/2012||Vanuatu Islands||40 km||7.0||0|
|08/20/2011||Vanuatu Islands||23 km||7.0||0|
|08/20/2011||Vanuatu Islands||2 km||7.1||0|
|01/09/2011||Vanuatu Islands||44 km||6.5||0|
|12/25/2010||Vanuatu Islands||37 km||7.3||0|
|08/10/2010||Vanuatu Islands||44 km||7.2||0|
|10/07/2009||Vanuatu Islands||14 km||7.6||0|
|04/28/2008||Vanuatu Islands||34 km||6.4||0|
|03/25/2007||Vanuatu Islands||1 km||7.1||0|
|11/27/2002||Mere Lava Island||17 km||5.9||0|
|01/02/2002||Efate, Port Vila||48 km||7.2||0|
|07/27/1990||Espiritu Santo||59 km||6.4||0|
|07/06/1987||Vanuatu Islands||42 km||6.6||0|
|12/21/1985||Vanuatu Islands||22 km||7.6||0|
|11/28/1985||Vanuatu Islands||54 km||7.6||0|
|12/29/1973||Luganville, Lamap||31 km||7.2||0|
|12/28/1973||Espiritu Santo, Luganille||45 km||7.5||0|
|10/27/1971||Espiritu Santo, Port Vila||36 km||7.1||1|
|08/13/1965||Vanuatu Islands||32 km||7.3||0|
|08/11/1965||Vanuatu Islands||45 km||7.6||0|
|07/05/1964||Espiritu Santo Islands||7.5||0|
|07/23/1961||Vanuatu Islands||10 km||7.3||0|
|07/13/1952||Vanuatu Islands||33 km||6.8||0|
|12/02/1950||Vanuatu Islands||49 km||7.8||0|
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.