ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Luganville):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-26 16:10
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 172.0 km
Maximum intensity: 2.7 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Sola VU 2.5 1000 67.2 barely felt
Luganville VU 2.5 13000 119.4 barely felt
Port-Olry VU 2.5 2000 73.5 barely felt
Saratamata VU 2.4 no data available 108.2 barely felt
Norsup VU 2.1 3000 176.5 barely felt
Lakatoro VU 2.1 1000 180.4 barely felt

Current earthquake activity near Luganville:

In the past 30 days, 4 earthquakes of magnitude 4.9 or higher were detected in Vanuatu (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been much higher relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).


Since 1960, 1253 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 5.1 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 20.9 earthquakes larger than M5.1 per year around Luganville. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 0.6 months (18 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Luganville and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1980-7-17 7.9 33
2009-10-7 7.8 35
1965-5-20 7.7 120
2009-10-7 7.7 45
1997-4-21 7.7 33
1965-8-11 7.6 30
1999-11-26 7.5 33
1973-12-28 7.5 26
1965-8-13 7.4 25
2009-10-7 7.4 31

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks, and glass can harm you. After the shaking stops: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before a professional safety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbors if necessary. If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down, and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on the streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of a high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care of elderly people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbors, friends, and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.