Strong Earthquake, Vanuatu

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, just before midnight.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 11:46 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Saving Time on October 18th at a location further north of the previous day’s magnitude 5.2 event.

Tonight’s quake was centred 50 km NNE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo; 315 km NNW of Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu at a depth of 140 km.

Despite the quake being an undersea event, a tsunami bulletin has not been issued probably owing to the earthquake’s depth.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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