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Tsunami Alert After 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Pacific Nation Of Vanuatu

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When a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of Vanuatu, terrified villagers fled to higher ground, fearing a tsunami.

The epicentre of the powerful quake was 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the archipelago’s capital Port Vila, in the sea just off the northern bay of the largest island, Espiritu Santo.

The US Geological Survey issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific nation of Vanuatu after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Sunday.

According to reports, the quake struck at a depth of 27 kilometres and was centred 23 kilometres (15 miles) from Port Olry (17 miles). As a result, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for areas near the Vanuatu coast.


Meanwhile, no immediate reports of damage or casualties were available.

Vanuatu has a population of about 280,000 people and is prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as cyclones and earthquakes on a regular basis. It is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults that circles the Pacific Ocean and is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Following the initial warning, some Vanuatu residents fled to higher ground.

Kayson Pore, a 22-year-old student from the Espiritu Santo village of Hog Harbour, said he felt a “very large” earthquake.

“We were right on the sea, looking for crab along the coast,” he explained. “We ran for our lives, then for our homes.”

According to the US Geological Survey, the shallow quake struck around 11:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT) and was about 27 kilometres (17 miles) deep, about 25 kilometres from the Espiritu Santo village of Port-Olry.

The quake was felt as far away as Port Vila on the island of Etafe, according to Natasha Joel, a receptionist at the Grand Hotel and Casino in the capital.

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