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Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 80 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 4:35 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 80 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 4:35 pm (GMT +11) Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - Coral Sea, 80 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands, on Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 4:35 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 93 km depth

5 Dec 05:43 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
5 Dec 05:45: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 98.0 to 102.0 km (from 61 to 63 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.6 km (2.8 mi) towards NNW.
5 Dec 05:52: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Mon, 5 Dec 2022, 05:51

Moderate yet deep earthquake of magnitude 5.7 just reported 79 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands

5.7 quake 5 Dec 4:35 pm (GMT +11)
5.7 quake 5 Dec 4:35 pm (GMT +11)
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands, was reported only 16 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 102 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Monday, December 5th, 2022, at 4:35 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.6. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.7, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.6.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Lata (pop. 550) located 79 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 5, 2022 05:35:08 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Dec 5, 2022 at 4:35 pm (GMT +11)
Depth93.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude11.3271°S / 166.2044°E (Coral Sea, Solomon Islands)
Antipode11.327°N / 13.796°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTinakula (114 km / 71 mi)
Nearby towns and cities80 km (50 mi) SE of Lata (Santa Cruz Islands) (pop: 553) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
319 km (198 mi) NNW of Sola (Vanuatu) (pop: 1,170) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
204 km (127 mi) N of Hiw Island (pop: 269) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 28.9°C (84 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 7 m/s (14 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
5.793 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsUSGS
5.794 kmSolomon Islands: SANTA CRUZ ISLANDSEMSC
5.793 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsRaspberryShake
5.5116 kmSolomon Islands: Near NouméaRENASS
5.8102 km80 Km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsGFZ
5.898 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsGeoAu
5.710 kmSolomon Islands: Santa Cruz IslandsIRIS

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Honiara / not felt (reported through our app)


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jan 16, 2023 21:30
10 weeks ago

11 km
Coral Sea, 50 km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsMore
Jan 15, 2023 07:51
11 weeks ago

157 km
Coral Sea, 96 km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsMore
Dec 30, 2022 21:54
13 weeks ago

139 km
Coral Sea, 104 km SE of Lata, Solomon IslandsMore

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