M 5 in Vanuatu on 26 Aug 2022 16:10 UTC

Event summary

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

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.0M
Depth: 172.804 Km
Lat/Lon: -14.4889 , 167.3473
Event Date: 26 Aug 2022 16:10 UTC
27 Aug 2022 03:10 Local
Exposed Population:
40 thousand in MMI III
Source: NEIC us7000i2qa
Inserted at: 26 Aug 2022 18:01 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score
6.1 (Vanuatu)


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(Rapid Impact)
GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us7000i2qa Scaled population (vector) 0  
  C1 rapid impact -0.59  
  C2 rapid impact 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1.12  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1458642 0 26 Aug 2022 16:10 5.1M, 170.38km 3.33 40 thousand (in 100km) 00:17 NEIC
1458646 0 26 Aug 2022 16:10 5M, 172.804km 3.29 40 thousand (in 100km) 01:50 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Vanuatu , of Vanuatu (population 168) . The nearest places are Tolab, Mésabolo, Levonu, Avira, Crépéta, and Iakobone.

Radius Population
100 km 19000 people
75 km 7100 people
50 km 2700 people
20 km <1000 people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Vanuatu Vanuatu <1000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Tolab Vanuatu Village - 20 km
Mésabolo Vanuatu Village - 32 km
Levonu Vanuatu Village - 40 km
Avira Vanuatu Village - 41 km
Crépéta Vanuatu Village - 65 km
Iakobone Vanuatu Village - 67 km

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Critical infrastructure

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


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Olpoi Nw Santo OLJ unknown 0 95 km
Maewo MWF unknown 0 97 km
Mota Lava MTV unknown 0 99 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Banks Island Vanuatu 62 km
Hog Harbor Vanuatu 77 km
Turtle Bay Vanuatu 96 km

More information

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