Strong Earthquake Strikes Near Pacific Nation Vanuatu: USGS

Sun May 26 2024
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SYDNEY, Australia: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, but it was not expected to trigger a tsunami.

The quake struck at 9:23 a.m. local time at a depth of about 29 kilometers, the USGS said, centered in an area of ​​the ocean about 83 kilometers (51 miles) northwest of Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which struck near the sparsely populated cluster of islands, said the earthquake was “not expected to trigger a tsunami”.

There were no immediate reports of damage in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu, a low-lying archipelago of 320,000 people that straddles the seismic Ring of Fire, quite often sees Earthquakes.

The Ring of Fire is an arc of intense tectonic activity that stretches across Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.

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