Powerful Magnitude 6.2 earthquake near Vanuatu’s Anatom island

Untech, Anatom, Vanuatu school - Courtesy Panoramio

Earthquake Report comment :
A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the island of Anatom, Vanuatu (if preliminary location data are confirmed).
The depth of 56 km makes the risk on damage considerably less.
USGS expects a moderate shaking on the closest island of Anatom.
NO Tsunami bulletins have been issued by NOAA
GDACS issued 2 minutes ago a GREEN earthquake report = unlikely to have damages or injuries.
Vanuatu and surrounding areas are regularly hit bu powerful earthquakes and tsunamis.

Wikipedia information on Anatom
Anatom (more commonly spelled Aneityum, and sometimes also Kéamu) is the southernmost island of Vanuatu. It is in the province of Tafea. The largest village is Anelghowhat (correctly, Anelcauhat), on the south side. The island is 159.2 km² in size. It rises to an elevation of 852 meters in Mount Inrerow Atamein.

There is an airport, not on the main island itself, but on the tiny island to its south, Inyeug (correctly, Iñec), across the main village, which has twice-weekly flights from Port Vila and Tanna.

Anatom is the southernmost island of Vanuatu (not counting Matthew and Hunter Islands, which are disputed with New Caledonia, but considered by the people of Anatom Island part of their custom ownership). Its southeastern cape Nétchan Néganneaing is the southernmost point of land in Vanuatu, more southerly than the southern satellite islet Inyeug. The latter, however, is surrounded by Intao Reef, that extends even further south, albeit submerged, thus being the southernmost feature of Vanuatu.

Anatom has a current estimated population of 1250 (Officially? 550). It is believed to have had a population of possibly as larger than 12,000 prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1793. Introduced diseases and blackbirding are believed to have been the major factors in the depopulation. [down to less than 200 in 1930]. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and beaches.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 6.2
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 10:37:38 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 54  km
Geo-location(s) :
142 km (88 miles) SSE (156°) from Isangel, Vanuatu

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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