Important historic earthquakes in Vanuatu

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Vanuatu May 11 13:17 4.8 300 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Region May 07 08:08 5.5 10 MAP
USGS Lakatoro, Vanuatu Apr 30 18:24 5.8 266 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 30 18:24 5.8 276 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Port-vila, Vanuatu Apr 29 20:23 5.2 59 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 29 20:23 5.1 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Port-vila, Vanuatu Apr 25 05:12 4.6 53 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Apr 25 05:12 4.6 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 25 05:12 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Apr 15 11:27 4.6 203 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Apr 15 11:27 4.6 203 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Sola, Vanuatu Apr 14 04:33 4.9 227 MAP
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Apr 08 08:05 4.4 224 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Apr 08 08:05 4.4 216 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 08 08:05 4.5 236 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 05 19:25 4.9 75 MAP
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Apr 05 19:25 4.9 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 03 11:31 5.1 247 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Apr 03 11:31 5.1 229 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Apr 01 08:08 4.3 83 MAP
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Apr 01 08:08 4.7 83 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Vanuatu Apr 01 08:08 4.7 85 MAP
USGS Luganville, Vanuatu Mar 29 11:13 4.8 133 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Mar 29 11:13 4.8 134 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Mar 29 11:13 4.7 143 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Mar 22 16:05 5.0 51 MAP
USGS Port-olry, Vanuatu Mar 22 16:05 5.1 39 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Mar 22 16:05 4.9 41 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Mar 22 00:44 4.8 141 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Mar 22 00:44 4.9 136 MAP
USGS Luganville, Vanuatu Mar 22 00:44 4.9 129 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Mar 19 02:36 5.5 140 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Norsup, Vanuatu Mar 19 02:36 5.1 132 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Mar 15 04:51 4.5 200 MAP
USGS Sola, Vanuatu Mar 15 04:51 4.5 198 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Feb 27 08:07 4.9 64 MAP
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Feb 27 08:07 4.7 55 MAP
EMSC Vanuatu Feb 27 08:07 4.7 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Feb 27 05:17 5.5 216 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Feb 27 05:17 5.5 196 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Feb 06 18:38 5.5 258 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Feb 06 18:37 5.6 243 MAP
USGS Sola, Vanuatu Feb 06 09:41 4.7 185 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Vanuatu Feb 06 09:41 4.7 200 MAP
GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Feb 01 19:23 4.8 188 MAP
USGS Norsup, Vanuatu Feb 01 19:23 4.6 152 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Vanuatu Feb 01 19:23 4.6 169 MAP
USGS Port-vila, Vanuatu Jan 17 13:56 5.2 42 MAP
  • Port Vila - Woke me up from sleep. Moderately loud sound of shaking. Lasted about 5 seconds. Checked the wathch and it was exactly 0:56am as in the description.
  • GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Jan 17 13:56 5.1 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Region Jan 15 12:49 4.5 628 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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