6.9 Earthquake Hits Vanuatu

Photo Courtesy- reuters.com

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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, April 3, according to theguardian.com

“The USGS said the quake hit at 7:23 p.m. local time (4.23 a.m. GET) off the island of Espiritu Santo, 407 kilometers (more than 250 miles) north-northwest of the capital, Port Vila”, reported CNN.

The USGS said the quake was fairly shallow – at a depth of about 35km (21 miles), but no damage had been reported so far, added bbc.com

“Vanuatu is situated in one of the most seismically active areas in the world, and similarly sized temblors struck it in October and December,” stated CNN.

Earthquakes are common in the area and often cause no tsunamis. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Vanuatu in October and a 6.3 quake struck in December without causing any damage, reported fox6now.com