May 27, 2017

Green earthquake alert (5.1M,depth:87.39km) in Vanuatu at 5/26/2017 10:32:05 PM

Green Earthquake in Vanuatu


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:87.39km
  • 26 May 2017 22:32:05 UTC
  • About 58988 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: 87.39 km (deep)
  • Source: NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -14.8169, 167.2278
  • Time (UTC): 26 May 2017 22:32:05
  • Time (ECT): 27 May 2017 00:32:05

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened off shore, near Vanuatu, of Vanuatu (population 165,000). The distance to the nearest coast is 25km. The nearest places are Iakobone (32km), Lavatavo (37km), Hog Harbour (39km), Lowarhé (43km), Ladhu (46km), and 5 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Olpoi Nw Santo (73km), Santo Pekoa International (runway 6500ft, 79km), Walaha (84km), Maewo (94km), and Longana (97km). The nearest ports are Hog Harbor (41km), Turtle Bay (61km), Palikoulo Bay (77km), Santo (80km), and Banks Island (97km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

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

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 23000 people 1
50 km 6100 people 0
20 km no people 0
10 km no people 0



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