6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Pacific Ocean Off Vanuatu, no Casualties Reported: USGS

The USGS put the preliminary magnitude at 6.6, down from an initial estimate of 6.8. It said it struck at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles), making it a shallow earthquake.

Published: January 16, 2019 12:29 AM IST

By India.com News Desk

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Port Vila: A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off Vanuatu, said United States Geological Survey (USGS). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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The USGS put the preliminary magnitude at 6.6, down from an initial estimate of 6.8. It said it struck at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles), making it a shallow earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no threat of a tsunami as well.

The Vanuatu Islands are on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions also occur frequently in the region.

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Published Date: January 16, 2019 12:29 AM IST