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6.1-magnitude quake hits Vanuatu -- USGS

(Xinhua)

08:52, September 05, 2011

HONG KONG, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted off the south Pacific islands of Vanuatu on Monday morning (21:44:21 GMT on Sunday), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 59.40 km, was initially determined to be at 19.1556 degrees south latitude and 168.6960 degrees east longitude.

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck off the island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday morning (2255 GMT Saturday).

No tsunami warning was issued after both earthquakes.

Vanuatu is on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent seismic and volcanic activities.

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