Quake Strikes Near Vanuatu, No Tsunami Threat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean near Vanuatu but officials say there is no danger of a destructive tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit Thursday afternoon about 50 miles (77 kilometers) northwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila.

It was 17 miles (26 kilometers) under the sea floor.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said historical data showed no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami.

Vanuatu is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" - an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

Last week's devastating magnitude 9 earthquake in Japan occurred on the arc as well.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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