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16 May 2020 | 04:10 AM UTC

Vanuatu: 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Lakatoro (Malekula Island) May 16

Vanuatu News Alert

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Lakatoro (Malekula Island) on May 16; aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/18/2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Efate). COUNTRY/REGION Lakatoro, Malekula Island


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.9-magnitude earthquake 60 km (37.2 mi) east of Lakatoro on Saturday, May 16. According to the USGS, the quake hit at approximately 14:15 (local time) at a depth of 165 km (102 mi). Officials did not immediately issue a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of casualties or infrastructural damage in the area.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.  


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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