A deep and strong M6.4 earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on October 21, 2019.
There are no immediate reports of casualties or immediate tsunami threats and warnings.
The strong earthquake hit about 36 miles north of the town of Isangel at around 2.52 p.m. local time Monday (11.52 p.m. EDT, Sunday) and at a depth of 140 miles.
No immediate reports of casualties or damage were reported due to the quake. Reports also suggested that there was no immediate tsunami threat to neighboring Fiji.
A strong earthquake with a deep depth source location occurred 187 km SSE from Port Vila, Vanuatu. this afternoon at 02:52:30 PM, local time. However, it does not pose any immediate tsunami threat to the Fiji region. pic.twitter.com/hadBiJioHD— Seismology Fiji (@FijiSeismology) October 21, 2019
About 12 hours earlier, a smaller magnitude 4.5 tremor hit roughly 91 km off Vanuatu’s coast.
Vanuatu sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.