Powerful 7.2 quake strikes Pacific off Vanuatu
The quake hit less than 500 kilometers southeast of the Republic of Vanuatu (population 243,000) and 109 kilometers off the coast of Ile Hunter, part of French Pacific territory of New Caledonia (population 262,000), according to the USGS. It was registered at a depth of 2 kilometers.
7.6 earthquake, 122km ESE of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia. 2016-08-12 13:26:38 at epicenter (12m ago, depth 10km). https://t.co/JDuiIqfQkD— Earthquakes Tsunamis (@NewEarthquake) August 12, 2016
PTWC issued a preliminary warning of a “hazardous tsunami waves” possible within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. The warning covered Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.
BREAKING: Tsunami alert issued for Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia - PTWC— BNO News (@BNONews) August 12, 2016
It later said the quake “no longer poses” a tsunami threat.
The quake’s magnitude was downgraded from 7.6 to 7.2 by the USGS.
There were no immediate reports available on damage or casualties.