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2/2/2012 — 6.9 magnitude earthquake north of New Zealand — Vanutau

February 2, 2012 3 comments

7.0 Magnitude Quake Shakes Vanuatu

September 4, 2011 Comments off

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, no Pacific-wide tsunami threat exists after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Vanuatu Saturday afternoon.The epicenter of the quake was roughly 78 miles south-southeast of Isangel, Vanuatu. It struck just after 12:55 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.A scientist at the Warning Center said the deepness of the quake contributed to there being no threat of tsunami. The quake was measured at a depth of 82.3 miles. Read more…

7.0-magnitude undersea quake hits near Vanuatu in South Pacific, no tsunami alert

August 20, 2011 Comments off

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Tsunami animation courtsey GDACS

NEW YORK — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a powerful undersea earthquake off the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.

The U.S.G.S. says a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at 5:19 a.m. Sunday local time (1819 GMT) at a depth of 28.5 kilometers (17.7 miles). Its epicenter was 69 kilometers (42 miles) south-southwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port-Vila.

 

 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no tsunami warning is in effect.

Vanuatu is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from South America through Alaska and down through the South Pacific. Read more…

Indonesia Hit By Strong Earthquake, Latest On Ring Of Fire

June 27, 2011 Comments off

irishweatheronline

Ring of Fire pictured left with earthquakes from last 7 days (right). Quake data by earthquakes.tafoni.net

Ring of Fire pictured left with earthquakes from last 7 days (right). Quake data by earthquakes.tafoni.net

Indonesia was hit by a large earthquake and a series of strong tremors Sunday afternoon. A 6.5 magnitude quake, the latest in string of strong quakes to hit the Pacific Ring if Fire region during the last week, struck the country’s easternmost Province of Papua 1.16 p.m. GMT.

The quake was centred 53 kilometres (33 miles) northeast of Waren, a town on the northern coast of Papua island, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.  It was also felt in nearby Biak island, and Enarotali town on the main island The U.S. Geological Survey put the initial quake’s magnitude at 6.4.

The region was hit by at least moderate tremors in the following hours. The tremors measured 5.4 (x2), 5, 4.5 and 4.3 on the Richter Scale. There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Papua comprises most of the Read more…

7.1 earthquake strikes near Vanuatu

May 10, 2011 Comments off

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7.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu

A strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific islands of Vanuatu and New Caledonia On Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a local official said that a tsunami was not expected.

The quake’s epicentre was 136 km southwest of Isangel in Vanuatu and 147 km north-east of Tadine, in the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, the USGS said in a bulletin. The quake was 26 km deep.

“Based on all of the local analytical data, a tsunami is not expected within Vanuatu,” an official for the Vanuatu Meteorological Services told Reuters by telephone from the capital, Port Vila.

A receptionist at a hotel in Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands said there was no immediate sign of damage.

“It was not a particularly strong tremor but we definitely felt it. There was no breakage, no damage,” the receptionist at the Hotel Paradis d’Ouvea said.

A large contingent of New Zealand Defence Force personnel are on Espiritu Santo, near the earthquake’s epicentre.

The Navy’s multirole ship HMNZS Canterbury is in the region serving in the “Pacific Partnership” civil aid operation.

It has been at the port of Luganville with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland, the Australian heavy landing craft  HMAS Balikpapan and HMAS Betano.

New Zealand Army personnel are also with the mission.

There have been no reports of injury from the New Zealanders.