M 6.6 Earthquake, 37km W of Sola, Vanuatu

Jan 1, 2014 4:03 PM UTC
U.S. Geological Survey
Alert area: 115 miles (185 km) N of Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu; 278 miles (447 km) NNW of PORT-VILA, Vanuatu; 1313 miles (2112 km) NE of Brisbane, Australia

Posted Jan 1, 2014 4:18 PM UTC

An earthquake with magnitude 6.6 occurred near Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu at 16:03:30.30 UTC on Jan 1, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

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