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USGS reported that M 6.0 earthquake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands at 9:39 UTC on October 23, 2012. Epicenter was located 398 km (247 miles) SE (141°) from Isangel, Vanuatu and 401 km (249 miles) ESE (103°) from Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia; at coordinates 22.316°S, 171.675°E. Recorded depth was 127 km (78.9 miles). EMSC reported this earthquake as M 5.6 with depth of 100 km.
Originally posted by hp1229
There were previous threads with similar magnitues in the area sometime earlier this year.