International Disaster and Emergency Monitoring Center

Preliminary earthquake data and analysis

Earthquake Report
Base data
Event ID 255697
Event time 2020-09-03 02:34:02 (UTC)
Local time 2020-09-02 15:34:02 - [It was afternoon in the affected area.]
Last update 2020-09-03 02:54:00 (UTC)
Magnitude 5
Depth 10 km
Class Moderate
Hypocenter Shallow depth
Mercalli scale 5
Possible effects Almost everyone feels movement. Sleeping people are awakened. Doors swing open or close. Dishes are broken. Pictures on the wall move. Small objects move or are turned over. Trees might shake. Liquids might spill out of open containers.
Data status
Data provider EMSC

Continent Pacific Ocean - West
Country Vanuatu
Administration area Penama
Nearest settlement Namoumou
Distance 34 km
Course NNW
Surface type underwater quake
Tsunami region South Pacific
Water surface name Coral Sea

Risk Analisys
Nearest nuclear power plants
There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.
Nearest marine ports
Luganville (125.12 km)
Nearest airports
Gaua Island Airport (59.30 km), Santo Pekoa International Airport (120.53 km)
Nearest volcanoes
Mere Lava volcano (26.86 km), Merig volcano (38.56 km), Gaua volcano (61.11 km), Ambae volcano (82.57 km), Mota volcano (92.34 km), Suretamatai volcano (105.75 km), Motlav volcano (112.00 km), Ureparapara volcano (139.85 km)
Quick Analysis
According to the epicenter of the quake, this is an underwater quake. Based on the hypocenter, an underwater landslide is conceivable and could trigger a tsunami. Based on the data received, using the depth of the hypocenter, a potential tsunami will reach the nearest (Namoumou, Penama, Vanuatu) settlement within 00:56. (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ESTIMATE ONLY!)