Quake strikes near Pacific island of Vanuatu

A powerful earthquake rumbled deep below the earth’s surface off the Pacific island of Vanuatu today. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

A powerful earthquake rumbled deep below the earth’s surface off the Pacific island of Vanuatu today. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 86 miles below the seabed off the coast of Vanuatu at 9.45pm (11.45pm Irish Time), the U. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre at Ewa Beach, Hawaii did not immediately issue a tsunami warning for the quake, which was centred about 195 miles north-west of the capital, Port Vila.

Vanuatu, formerly the New Hebrides Islands, is made up of 13 main islands located about 1,400 miles east of Australia.

The archipelago nation is part of the Pacific “ring of fire,” and earthquakes of this magnitude are common in the region.

Earlier this month, another magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near Vanuatu, but caused no damage or injuries.

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