FW: 8.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu
8.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu
Updated at 11:41am on 8 October 2009
An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey has reported.
The epicentre of the quake was 373 km north-northwest of Santo, and 569km north-northwest of Port Vila at a depth of 33km, the agency said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific closer to the Vanuatu earthquake.
The Ministry of Civil Defence is advising New Zealanders to stay away from beaches and the coast.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it is not known that a tsunami has been generated and the warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation.
The warning covers Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Kosrae, Wallis-Futunua and Howland-Baker, the Center says on its website.
The tsunami watch is in effect for Marshall Islands, Tokelau, Kermadec Island, Pohnpei, New Zealand, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Chuuk, Indonesia, Wake Island, Jarvis Island, Palmyra Island, Guam. N. Marianas, Johnston Island, Yap, Marcus Island, and Belau.
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