M 5.7 in New Caledonia on 21 Jan 2019 01:36 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: 5.7M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: -21.8596 , 169.1195
Event Date: 21 Jan 2019 01:36 UTC
Exposed Population: No people within 100km
Source: NEIC us2000j6qr
Inserted at: 21 Jan 2019 01:54 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 1.1 (New Caledonia)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us2000j6qr Scaled population (vector) 0  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

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Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1245661 0 21 Jan 2019 01:36 5.7M, 10km 3.45 No people affected 00:17 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
* 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 New Caledonia ,of New Caledonia (population 178,000) . The alertlevel for this event is GREEN

Intensity Population
no people

Shakemaps Timeline

AlertShake id #ScoreepisodeidLat/LonMagnitudeDepthMax MMIDate shake (UTC)Delay (hh:mm) 
1 0 1245661 -21.86/169.12 5.7 10 3.45 21 Jan 2019 01:54 00:17 (new episode)
2 0 1245661 -21.86/169.12 5.7 10 3.45 21 Jan 2019 03:38 02:02 (upd of #1)

Affected Provinces

Intensity Region Province Country Population
New Caledonia New Caledonia 7800 people

Affected populated places. Areas of interest

Intensity Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kurine New Caledonia Village5 - 110 km
Tawaïnèdre New Caledonia Village5 - 114 km
Hnadid New Caledonia Village5 - 115 km
Eni New Caledonia Village5 - 122 km
Médu New Caledonia Village5 - 123 km
Miramas New Caledonia Village5 - 125 km
Wabao New Caledonia Village5 - 126 km
Ménaku New Caledonia Village5 - 128 km
Tadine New Caledonia Village4 7400 people 133 km
Thogone New Caledonia Village5 - 136 km
Nécé New Caledonia Village5 - 139 km
New Caledonia Village5 - 140 km
Wapan New Caledonia Village5 - 190 km
Xode New Caledonia Village5 - 197 km
Mou New Caledonia Village5 - 198 km
Wiwatoul New Caledonia Village5 - 203 km
Inagod New Caledonia Village5 - 204 km
Hmélek New Caledonia Village5 - 212 km
Thuahaïk New Caledonia Village5 - 213 km
Kédeigne New Caledonia Village5 - 218 km
New Caledonia Village4 10000 people 221 km
Nang New Caledonia Village5 - 229 km

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Critical infrastructure

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


Intensity Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft)
Mare la Roche MEE 43 Civ. Paved No 3200
Ile Des Pins Moue ILP 96 Civ. Paved No 3600


Intensity Name LOCODE Country
Tadine New Caledonia

More information

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