Sunday, 3 April 2016

7.2 earthquake near Vanuatu

7.2 Earthquake Hits Near Vanuatu

3 April, 2016

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of the South Pacific Ocean island nation of Vanuatu.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 35-kilometer-deep quake struck Sunday 80 kilometers north of Port-Olry, Vanuatu.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is a possibility of tsunamis, but no warning has yet been issued.

There were no immediate reports of any damage.

On March 13, 2015, Cyclone Pam struck the island chain with winds of up to 270 kilometers per hour. More than a dozen people were killed and in the capital, Port Vila, more than 80 percent of homes were partially or completely destroyed by the cyclone.

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