USGS: Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Vanuatu in Pacific

August 20, 2011 20:28

WASHINGTON - A powerful magnitude 7.5 quake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey reported.

It said the quake, which struck at 3:55 a.m. on Sunday local time, was centered 60 km southwest of the town of Port-Vila and was quite shallow, at a depth of 40.5 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the major quake had not triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami but said: "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter."

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