Sydney: A strong 6.2 magnitude quake
struck near the Pacific island of Vanuatu on Wednesday, US
seismologists said. No tsunami alert was issued.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck
at 10:37 pm (0507 IST) at a depth of 54 kilometres, 142
kilometres south-southeast of Isangel, in southern region of
the Vanuatu archipelago.
Vanuatu, which lies between Fiji and Australia and
north of New Zealand, is in the "Pacific Ring of Fire" known
for its seismic and volcanic activity caused by friction
between moving plates in the Earth`s crust.