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M 5.5 in New Caledonia on 08 Jul 2018 01:08 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 5.5 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us2000fzfw
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -21.3075, 168.4069
  • Time (UTC): 08 Jul 2018 01:08:29
  • Time (ECT): 08 Jul 2018 03:08:29

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1218397 0.01

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1218397
0.01 realtime 2018-07-08 01:26:27 No people affected 0
  Earthquake 235371
0 realtime 2018-07-08 01:26:27 6 thousand No people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
0.01 realtime 2018-07-08 03:16:15 No people affected No people affected 0
08 Jul 2018 01:08 5.5M, 10km 4.36 6 thousand 00:17 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 5500 people
75 km 5500 people
50 km <1000 people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in New Caledonia , of New Caledonia (population 178,000) . The nearest places are Hnadid, Tawaïnèdre, Kurine, Ménaku, Miramas, Thogone, Rô, Médu, Wabao, Eni, and Nécé.

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
New Caledonia New Caledonia 170000 people
Vanuatu Vanuatu 160000 people

Affected Populated Places

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Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Hnadid New Caledonia Village5 - 37 km
Tawaïnèdre New Caledonia Village5 - 40 km
Kurine New Caledonia Village5 - 43 km
Ménaku New Caledonia Village5 - 48 km
Miramas New Caledonia Village5 - 49 km
Thogone New Caledonia Village5 - 53 km
New Caledonia Village5 - 58 km
Médu New Caledonia Village5 - 58 km
Wabao New Caledonia Village5 - 58 km
Eni New Caledonia Village5 - 59 km
Tadine New Caledonia Village4 7400 people 61 km
Nécé New Caledonia Village5 - 62 km

Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Nearby and affected airports
Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Mare la Roche MEE 43 Civ. Paved No 3200 43 km
Major ports
Name LOCODE Country Distance
Tadine New Caledonia 62 km

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