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M 5.7 in Vanuatu on 17 Apr 2017 02:21 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 5.7 M
  • Depth: 20.37 km (shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us10008i97
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -13.3869, 166.5373
  • Time (UTC): 17 Apr 2017 02:21:32
  • Time (ECT): 17 Apr 2017 04:21:32

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1164239 1

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1164239
1 realtime 2017-04-17 04:42:16 No people affected 0
  Earthquake 182134
0 realtime 2017-04-17 04:42:16 2 thousand Few people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
1 realtime 2017-05-26 12:09:30 No people affected No people affected 0
17 Apr 2017 02:21 5.7M, 20.37km 4.79 2 thousand 00:20 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 1900 people
75 km 1400 people
50 km 1400 people
20 km <1000 people
10 km <1000 people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in Vanuatu , of Vanuatu (population 165,000) . The nearest places are Vipaka, and Gavigamana.

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu 160000 people
Solomon Is. Solomon Islands 360000 people

Affected Populated Places

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Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Vipaka Vanuatu Village5 - 11 km
Gavigamana Vanuatu Village6 - 28 km

Critical infrastructure

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

Nearby and affected airports
Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Torres TOH unknown 0 13 km

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