M 5.8 in Australia on 16 Dec 2018 14:26 UTC

Event summary

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

GDACS ID EQ 1165431
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.8M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: -23.327 , 112.4851
Event Date: 16 Dec 2018 14:26 UTC
16 Dec 2018 21:26 Local
Exposed Population: About 300 people in MMI V
No people within 100km
Inserted at: 16 Dec 2018 15:35 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 1.1 (Australia)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us2000iu4a 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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Australia - Earthquake (ECHO 17 Apr 2019)Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:02

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 M at a depth of 10 km occurred off the coast of central Western Australia State (Australia) on 16 December at 14.26 UTC. The epicentre was located in the Coral Bay 125 km west of the coast and approx. 205 km north-west of Carnarvon town. USGS PAGER estimates that 1 000 people were exposed to moderate shaking.
  • As of 17 December at 8.00 UTC, there are no reports of casualties or damage.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

Latest media headlines

Articles: 16 | About casualties: 0 | Last hour: 0

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Although there has been no significant quake from the Darling Fault recorded, it doesn't mean there never will be. Hugh Glanville, a senior seismologist at Geoscience Australia, has warned there is still a chance a deadly quake could still
1000km fault line could destroy Aussie cityWed, 19 Dec 2018 20:45:00 +0100.

WESTERN Australia - home of the quokka, beach camels and most of the country's outback. And it's also home to one of the biggest fault lines in the world. Starting in Albany and stretching 1000km to the north is the Darling Fault, one of th
1000km fault line could destroy Aussie cityWed, 19 Dec 2018 14:43:00 +0100.

Starting in Albany and stretching 1000km to the north is the Darling Fault, one of the longest and most significant fault lines on Earth, formed when India and Australia broke apart millions of years ago. While a significant earthquake is y
Putting quakes on spatial mapsWed, 19 Dec 2018 04:10:00 +0100.

The 7.4-magnitude earthquake that wrought devastation in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 28 was a scientific prophecy that came true. Armed with evidence of similar catastrophes in the area more than a century ago, scientists had warned of a pote

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

Exposed population

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (41), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),