Solomon Islands

Earthquake in Solomon Islands, Shake Map (18 Dec 2016)

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MODIFIED MERCALLI INTENSITY SCALE: 5.3/10

Intensity class V:

Almost everyone feels movement whether inside or outdoors. Sleeping people are awakened. Liquids in containers are disturbed; some are spilled. Small unstable objects are displaced or overturned. Doors swing, close, or open. Shutters, pictures on the wall move.

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Shake Map combines instrumental measurements of shaking with information about local geology and earthquake location and magnitude to estimate potential impacts throughout a geographic area.

The estimated intensity map is derived from ground motions recorded by seismographs and represents Modified Mercalli Intensities (MMI's) that are likely to have been associated with the ground motions.

Magnitude and Intensity measure different characteristics of earthquakes. Magnitude measures the energy released at the source of the earthquake. Magnitude is determined from measurements on seismographs. Intensity measures the strength of shaking produced by the earthquake at a certain location. Intensity is determined from effects on people, human structures, and the natural environment. (Source: USGS)