7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Pacific Nation Of Vanuatu

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A reported 7.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken up the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Wednesday. It is located about 337km from the capital city of Port-Vila. There were no reports of any immediate injuries or damage at this time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that they are not issuing a tsunami warning, but they are still keeping a close watch on the outer islands which are closer to the epicenter. The quake was felt in Port-Vila however, nothing was knocked off of shelves, according to Fox News.

Vanuatu is located on what is called the Ring of Fire. Earthquakes are said to be a common occurrence because of the arc of seismic faults in the ocean. Because this earthquake registered at a depth of 131km, it is said to be too deep to cause a tsunami. If it had been more shallow, the impact would have affected the surface.

It was originally reported this Vanuatu earthquake registered at 7.3, but according to the Sydney Morning Herald, it was downgraded to 7.1.

Photo by Nicky Fernandes/Wikimedia Commons.

 


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