May 12, 2017

Green earthquake alert (5.1M,depth:54.04km) in Solomon Islands at 5/12/2017 5:39:00 AM

Green Earthquake in Solomon Islands


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


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

  • Earthquake Magnitude 5.1M, Depth:54.04km
  • 12 May 2017 05:39:00 UTC
  • About 22773 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 5.1 M
  • Depth: 54.04 km (deep)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -7.8533, 159.6111
  • Time (UTC): 12 May 2017 05:39:00
  • Time (ECT): 12 May 2017 07:39:00

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened off shore, near Solomon Islands, of Solomon Is. (population 366,000). The distance to the nearest coast is 27km. The nearest places are Ghoveo (29km), Fupukuna (31km), Buala (2600 people , 33km), Kimage (40km), Kologhodu (41km), and 13 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. There are no known airports nearby. The nearest ports are Gojoruru Point (26km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 19000 people 1
50 km 7500 people 0
20 km no people 0
10 km no people 0



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