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No tsunami warning for Fiji as 6.9m earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said there is no threat to Fiji in the wake of a tsunami warning being issued for a 300km area of the Pacific Ocean following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu. The quake struck 150km northwest of the island nation and was 35km deep, according to the US Geological Survey. […]

Calvin Prasad

April 3, 2016 10:10 pm

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said there is no threat to Fiji in the wake of a tsunami warning being issued for a 300km area of the Pacific Ocean following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu.

The quake struck 150km northwest of the island nation and was 35km deep, according to the US Geological Survey.  Earlier, it was given a magnitude of 7.2

An advisory issued a short while ago:

An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude, at a depth of 33km, has occurred near Vanuatu this evening.

Following data received from Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Hawaii and in consultation with the Mineral Resources Department, Seismology Section, it is concluded that NO THREAT exists to the Fiji Group at this time.

No reports of significant waves have been reported from Vanuatu and historical data available to MRD indicates no threat from this event.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the National Emergency Contact on 3319250

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially warned of “hazardous tsunami waves” for coasts within 300km of the earthquake’s epicentre.

About 40 minutes later, however, the message was changed to one saying: “The tsunami threat from this earthquake has now mostly passed”.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which comes just over a year after Cyclone Pam devastated the country, killing up to 50 people.

Vanuatu sits on the so-called Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

It is also prone to volcanoes and cyclones, and has been ranked by the United Nations University as the most at-risk nation for natural disasters.

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