6.1-magnitude quake hits off Vanuatu: USGS

SYDNEY - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Vanuatu on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2011, 9:11 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:24 PM

The quake struck at 1:34 am (1434 GMT Sunday) around 360 kilometres (220 miles) east of Port Vila, the capital of the Pacific island nation, with the epicentre 19 kilometres deep.

Vanuatu lies on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

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