Huge Earthquake Strikes Pacific Islands

Huge Earthquake Strikes Pacific Islands

By Daily Mail Online on February 16, 2021
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File Photo: Rescue workers (R) look at the Yun Tsui building in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on Feb. 9, 2018, after the city was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake late on Feb. 6. The deaths of a Canadian couple, both 49, raises the death toll from earthquake to 12. | Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Vanuatu.

The tremor hit 90 kilometres west of Port-Vila at about 12pm local time on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

There are no tsunami warnings following the shock.

It comes less than a week after the area was rocked by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, which triggered a small tsunami.

The quake struck at just after midnight on Thursday local time about 415 kilometres east of Vao in New Caledonia at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The US government’s NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said ‘hazardous tsunami waves’ were forecast for some coasts.

It said waves reaching between 0.3 and one metre above the tide level were possible for Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

A wave of 0.3 metres struck Fiji, according to the Twitter feed of the island nation’s seismology department.

However, Fiji Seismology later cancelled its tsunami warning.

‘The seismology observatory upon its assessments has now verified and confirmed the cancellation of the warning and ‘all clear information’ (is) issued to the whole Fiji group,’ it said.


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