Vanuatu tsunami threat cancelled after 7.3 strong quake hits islands

A significant quake hit at the Pacific nation of Vanuatu briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after no significant damage was reported by locals.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the 7.0-magnitude quake — originally reported as 7.3, struck at a comparatively shallow depth of 35 kilometres, some 209 kilometres from the capital Port Vila. The National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) initially warned the quake, which strike at 1933 GMT, could generate waves of up to three metres on parts of the Vanuatu shore. Within two hours it had cancelled the alert, saying “there isn’t any longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake”.

Port Vila journalist Moses Stevens said he was unaware of any damage in the capital, while tourist resort supervisor Dave Cross said it was felt firmly on the island of Espiritu Santo. “We really felt the shake because it was so shallow, but all we lost was a vase plus some flowers,” he told AFP. “I am told there was a little wave, but that was the extent of it.”

He included: “Quakes are simply part of life here.” Vanuatu is part of the “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A

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