No Threat of Tsunami After Strong Earthquake Rattles Vanuatu
No threat of Tsunami after strong earthquake rattles Vanuata early on Friday. A major earthquake hit the Pacific nation Vanuata prompting tsunami warning that was cancelled after reported no significant damage.
United States Geographical Survey
The United States Geographical Survey said that 7.0 magnitude quake, originally reported as 7.3 struck at relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometers, some 2o9 kilometers from the capital Port Vila, But no threat of tsunami was recorded after strong earthquake.
The National Tsunami Warning Center initially warned the quake which hit 1933 GMT which could generate up to three metres on parts of the Vanuatu Coast. Within two hour it cancelled the alerts saying there is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake.
Port Vila, Journalist Moses Stevens added, he was not aware of any damage in the capital while tourist resort manager Dave Cross said it was felt strongly on the island of Espiritu Santo. ‘’ we really felt the shake because it was shallow, but all we lost was a vase and some flowers which was kept for the decoration’’, He told.
‘’I’m told there was a small wave, but that was the extent of it’’, Earthquake are just part of life here’’. Vanuatu is part of ‘’Ring of Fire’’ a zone of tectonic plate which make an activity around the Pacific region which is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
It was the fourth strong earthquake to strike Vanuatu this month although none have caused problems. A police spokesman said that, they hadn’t received any reports of damage or injuries.
The quake hit 109 kilometers (68 miles) west of the village of Sola and 453 kilometers (281 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Vila, according to the U.S Geological Survey, with depth of 32 kilometers (20 miles).
Vanuatu is also prone to volcanoes and cyclones zone.