Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes off Vanuatu coast

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck near the Pacific Island of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey said today. There were no immediate reports of damages.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck near the Pacific Island of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey said today. There were no immediate reports of damages.

The earthquake struck at 6.02am Irish time approximately 45 miles north-west of Port Vila on the island of Efate, which lies approximately 1,175 miles east of Australia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii said the quake could potentially cause a localised tsunami.

“Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 60 miles of the earthquake epicentre,” the centre said on its website.

“Authorities in the region of the epicentre should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.”

However, the warning centre said there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami “based on historical earthquake and tsunami data”.

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Paul Willis, said he had seen no initial signs of damage.

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