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Mw 4.8 Earthquake, Green alert in Vanuatu on 03 Mar 2012 17:00 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact


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This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 4.8M, Depth:10km
  • on 03 Mar 2012 17:00 UTC
  • Few people within 100km
  • inserted at 03 Mar 2012 17:55:27

Earthquake event

  • Magnitude: 4.8 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC usb0008ak1
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -22.1853, 170.375
  • Time (UTC): 03 Mar 2012 17:00:12
  • Time (ECT): 03 Mar 2012 18:00:12

Earthquake impact details

The earthquake happened in Vanuatu , of Vanuatu (population 165,000) .


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km <1000 people
75 km no people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected provinces

Country Region Province Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu 160000 people
New Caledonia New Caledonia 170000 people

Affected Populated Places

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Name LOCODE Country Distance
Matthew Island New Caledonia 99 km

Event time line

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event calculation detail

Event calculation detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km                      20km
Max Height(m)
IDAlert Color Date (UTC)Mag. and depthMax Intensity (mmi*)Pop. within 100 kmTsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
115240 03 Mar 2012 17:00 4.8M, 10km N/A Few people affected 00:55 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

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