Tsunami warning following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu

(Sydney) After a 6.8 magnitude earthquake off the Vanuatu Archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, a tsunami warning was issued on Wednesday, the US Institute for Geological Studies (USGS) announced.

Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 7:56 am

According to an AFP correspondent, Port Vila residents did not feel the earthquake.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 94 km about 340 km northwest of the capital Port Vila, announced the USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for the Pacific (based in Hawaii) estimates in a preliminary report that dangerous waves can hit the coasts 300 km from the epicenter.

In Australia and Fiji, authorities have ruled out the risk of a tsunami on their coasts.

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