Strong Quake, Vanuatu

A strong undersea quake struck the Espiritu Santo area of Vanuatu this evening.

Thursday 22nd July 2010

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 115 km east-north-east of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu at 5:04 this evening, New Zealand time. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake, centred 285 km north of Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, was 35 km deep.

Geoscience Australia reports the quake as magnitude 6.3 centred just off the eastern coast of Aurora Island. It estimates that the quake would have caused damage within 49 km of the epicentre which encompasses Aurora Island, and would have been felt up 600 km away.

The Paciific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for this event.

A deeper magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck the same location at a depth of 83 km at 10:37 this morning New Zealand time.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia and their contributing agencies.]

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