Powerful Earthquake Strikes off Vanuatu; Tsunami Unlikely

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 2:29 PM

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck eighty-one kilometers (fifty miles) N of the town of Harbour Olry and four hundred seven kilometers (two hundred fifty-three miles) N of Vanuatu'south capital, Harbour Vila, according to the U.

A powerful earthquake hit off of the S Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, but authorities said any threat of a tsunami had mostly passed, and there were number immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck eighty-one kilometers (fifty miles) N of the town of Harbour Olry and four hundred seven kilometers (two hundred fifty-three miles) N of Vanuatu'south capital, Harbour Vila, according to the U. S. Geological Survey. It'd a depth of thirty-five kilometers (twenty-two miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Middle initially said that "hazardous tsunami waves are possible" for coasts located within three hundred kilometers (one hundred eighty-six miles) of the quake'south epicenter. But it said around forty minutes later that the tsunami threat "has presently mostly passed."

Vanuatu sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. The nation is also prone to volcanoes and cyclones, and has been ranked by the United Nations Univ as the world'south most at-risk nation for natural disasters.

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