A series of aftershocks hit Vanuatu

16:21, December 26, 2010      

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A series of aftershocks, including one measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, has struck off the coast of South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake earlier in the day.

More than 15 aftershocks over magnitude 5 were recorded. The 6. 2 magnitude aftershock occurred at 03:13 p.m. New Zealand time (0213 GMT), and centered 210 km south of Vanuatu capital of Port Via. It was at a depth of 9.2 km, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu triggering tsunami warnings in Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.

The quake, occurred at 02:16 a.m. NZ time was centered 230 km south of Port Vila. It struck at a depth of 33 km and ended up causing only an extra 15 cm wave in Vanuatu.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled a regional tsunami warning at 04:00 a.m. NZ time.

There were no reports of damage and casualties.

Source: Xinhua
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