Home > News > World
Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:05:13 PM
SYDNEY: A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was not thought to have caused any damage or sparked a tsunami warning.
The shallow ocean quake struck at a depth of 15 kilometres (nine miles), 104 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila at 2.09 pm local time (0309 GMT).
Geoscience Australia put its magnitude at 5.9 and said it was unlikely to have caused any damage.
Vanuatu lies on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.
It has been rocked by several large quakes in recent years, averaging about three magnitude 7.0 or above incidents annually, none of which have caused any major damage. - AFP
Tags / Keywords:
World, News, world, Vanuatu, earthquake, US Geological Survey
Strong quake jolts Chile's North, no major damage
Quake of magnitude 6.1 strikes off coast of Vanuatu - usgs
Strong quake hits Colombia, no damage reported
Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits western Japan (Update)
Strong 6.9 quake hits southwestern Colombia - USGS
Iran nuclear talks may be extended as U.S. sees 'big gaps'
Russia to seek new partners if Western oil majors leave - minister
Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan
U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars
Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus
France's ex-president Sarkozy loses support in party race
Najib: Umno leaders must be intellect to win urban votes
Looking to fund your business? Ask your classmates
Woods working with new swing teacher Como
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)