Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Vanuatu in Pacific: USGS

A powerful magnitude 7.5 quake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey reported.

Updated: Aug 20, 2011, 23:19 PM IST

Washington: A powerful magnitude 7.5 quake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey reported.

It said the quake, which struck at 3:55 am on Sunday (12:55 pm EDT on Saturday), was centred 38 miles southwest of the town of Port-Vila and was quite shallow, at a depth of 25.2 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the major quake had not triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami but said: "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres (80 miles) of the earthquake epicentre”.
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