M6.8 earthquake hits Vanuatu – No tsunami threat


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit the Vanuatu Islands at 1:52 PM UTC on Tuesday May 9, 2017.

Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to surrounding islands from this quake.

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A M6.8 earthquake struck Vanuatu on May 9 2017. No threats of tsunami. via USGS

Epicenter of the earthquake was situated at a depth of 169km below the water surface.

About 3000 people live in a radius of less than 100 km from the epicenter, the closest towns being Port-Olry, Vanuatu at 59.0 km (36.6 mi) with a population of 1,951 and Sola, Vanuatu at 81.2 km (50.5 mi) with a population of 1,171.

According to PTWC, there is no tsunami threat to American Samoa from this earthquake.

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