Latest earthquakes near Vanuatu today

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List of latest earthquakes near Vanuatu.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
May 26, 2024 09:23AM
(Efate)
M 6.5 89 km NW
from Port-Vila
May 15, 2024 12:58AM
(Efate)
M 4.9 235 km NNW
from Port-Vila
May 12, 2024 11:09AM
(Efate)
M 4.5 131 km SSE
from Port-Vila
May 12, 2024 05:27AM
(Efate)
M 5.1 293 km N
from Port-Vila
May 9, 2024 02:08PM
(Efate)
M 5.1 288 km N
from Port-Vila
May 9, 2024 01:17PM
(Efate)
M 4.2 291 km N
from Port-Vila
May 9, 2024 12:51PM
(Efate)
M 4.4 156 km S
from Port-Vila
May 9, 2024 10:40AM
(Efate)
M 4.4 293 km N
from Port-Vila
May 9, 2024 12:37AM
(Efate)
M 4.9 278 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 11:45PM
(Efate)
M 4.7 283 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 11:45PM
(Efate)
M 4.7 283 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 10:51PM
(Efate)
M 5.2 293 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 10:06PM
(Efate)
M 5.4 272 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 10:04PM
(Efate)
M 4.8 296 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 08:53PM
(Efate)
M 4.8 292 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 08:14PM
(Efate)
M 4.5 295 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 08:07PM
(Efate)
M 4.4 290 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 08:03PM
(Efate)
M 4.6 298 km N
from Port-Vila
May 8, 2024 07:17PM
(Efate)
M 6.1 291 km N
from Port-Vila
May 4, 2024 02:17PM
(Efate)
M 5.2 364 km NNW
from Port-Vila
May 3, 2024 11:00AM
(Efate)
M 4.2 279 km SSE
from Port-Vila
May 2, 2024 06:07PM
(Efate)
M 4.8 204 km NNW
from Port-Vila
May 2, 2024 08:53AM
(Efate)
M 4.8 150 km SE
from Port-Vila
Apr 28, 2024 06:30AM
(Efate)
M 4.6 150 km SE
from Port-Vila
Apr 26, 2024 12:50PM
(Efate)
M 4.7 76 km NW
from Port-Vila

Map of Latest Earthquakes near Vanuatu

Recent Vanuatu Earthquake News

These are the latest articles published related to earthquakes occurring near Vanuatu. Check our Earthquake News section for a complete overview of articles written on earthquakes near Vanuatu and elsewhere.

Vanuatu Earthquake Statistics

Average Earthquakes:
185 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 6.5
May 26, 2024 09:23

Average

A total of 1854 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or above have struck within 300 km (186 mi) of Vanuatu in the past 10 years. This comes down to a yearly average of 185 earthquakes per year, or 15 per month. On average an earthquake will hit near Vanuatu roughly every 1 days.

A relatively large number of earthquakes occurred near Vanuatu in 2020. A total of 289 earthquakes (mag 4+) were detected within 300 km of Vanuatu that year. The strongest had a 6.4 magnitude.

Yearly Earthquakes within 300 km (186 mi) of Vanuatu with a magnitude of 4 or above.

Magnitude Distribution

The table below visualizes the distribution of all earthquakes that occurred within 300km of Vanuatu in the past 10 years. No earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or above have occurred near Vanuatu during this time. Usually, higher magnitudes are less common than lower magnitudes. Small earthquakes with a magnitude below 4 on the Richter scale have been omitted from this overview.

Earthquakes by magnitude near Vanuatu (past 10 years).
Magnitude Earthquakes Percentage
Mag. 4 1568 84.57%
Mag. 5 249 13.43%
Mag. 6 36 1.94%
Mag. 7 1 0.05%
Mag. 8 0 0.0%
Mag. 9 0 0.0%
Mag. 10 0 0.0%

Strongest earthquakes near Vanuatu

Strongest in 10 years:
Mag 7
On Apr 29, 2016 06:33.
Strongest since 1900:
Mag 8.1
On Sep 21, 1920 01:39.

The strongest recent earthquake of the past 10 years near Vanuatu occurred on Apr 29, 2016 06:33 local time (Pacific/Efate timezone). It had a magnitude of 7 and struck 213 kilometers (132 mi) north-northwest of Port-Vila, at a depth of 24 km. Discover more strong earthquakes near Vanuatu in the list below.

A longer time ago, a MAG-8.1 earthquake struck on Sep 21, 1920 01:39, 250 kilometers (155 mi) north-northwest of Port-Vila. It is the strongest earthquake near Vanuatu in the past 124 years (Our data goes back to January 1st, 1900).

In the table below you will find the strongest earthquakes that occurred near Vanuatu in the past 10 years. You can use the tabs to find the heaviest historic earthquakes since the year 1900 or within a specific year or distance from Vanuatu.

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List of strongest earthquakes near Vanuatu.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Apr 29, 2016 06:33AM
(Efate)
M 7.0 213 km NNW
from Port-Vila
Jan 23, 2015 02:47PM
(Efate)
M 6.8 81 km NNE
from Port-Vila
Aug 1, 2019 02:02AM
(Efate)
M 6.6 174 km NNW
from Port-Vila
May 26, 2024 09:23AM
(Efate)
M 6.5 89 km NW
from Port-Vila
Aug 22, 2018 09:32AM
(Efate)
M 6.5 190 km N
from Port-Vila
Jul 13, 2018 08:46PM
(Efate)
M 6.4 153 km SSE
from Port-Vila
Sep 21, 2017 07:09AM
(Efate)
M 6.4 143 km SE
from Port-Vila
Aug 5, 2020 11:05PM
(Efate)
M 6.4 185 km N
from Port-Vila
Feb 20, 2015 12:18AM
(Efate)
M 6.4 146 km N
from Port-Vila
Oct 21, 2019 01:52PM
(Efate)
M 6.4 189 km SE
from Port-Vila

Map of Strongest Earthquakes near Vanuatu

Earthquakes by region of Vanuatu

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Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are commonly asked in relation to earthquakes occurring near Vanuatu.

When was the last earthquake in Vanuatu?

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Vanuatu on the morning of May 26, 2024 at 09:23 local time (Pacific/Efate). The center of this earthquake was located 89km northwest of Port-Vila at a depth of 6km under water in the Coral Sea. Check the list on our website for any earthquakes occurring near Vanuatu in the past hours.

What was the strongest earthquake near Vanuatu?

A 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit near Vanuatu on the night of September 21, 1920 at 01:39 local time (Pacific/Efate). The center of this earthquake was located 250km south of Port-Vila at a depth of 25km under water in the Coral Sea. This is the strongest earthquake that occurred near Vanuatu since the year 1900.

How often do earthquakes occur near Vanuatu?

In the past 10 years, 1854 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from Vanuatu. This averages to 185 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 2 days.