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Vanuatu Quake: 6.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Island Nation

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 28, 2013 Last Updated: March 5, 2013
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Vanuatu quake: A major quake struck near the island nation of Vanuatu on Thursday, with no major damage reported.

Tannese child walks on the black sand of Sulphur Bay on the slopes of Mount Yasur volcano on Tanna in Vanuatu in 2010. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

Tannese child walks on the black sand of Sulphur Bay on the slopes of Mount Yasur volcano on Tanna in Vanuatu in 2010. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, but no major damage or injuries were recorded.

Vanuatu lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”—an especially seismic region that stretches from the south Pacific Ocean near Oceania up to Japan and then goes around the southern coast of Alaska, the western United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. As a result, the tiny island nation is subjected to frequent earthquakes.

The quake struck on Thursday afternoon, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning,

The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck at a depth of around 15 kilometers, or 9.5 miles, around 65 miles from the Vanuatu capital of Port-Villa .

The Associated Press cited a local reporter on the island as saying there were no major problems caused by the earthquake. However, he said that he could feel his Port-Villa office building sway.

The Geological Survey noted that Vanuatu, which is located around 1,100 miles from northern Australia and has a population of around 224,000 people, is situated near “one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.”

Earlier this month, six people died when a quake-generated tsunami slammed villages in the Solomon Islands, which is located near Vanuatu.

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