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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes near Vanuatu Island





Posted on October 21, 2012


October 21, 2012VANUATUA strong 6.2-magnitude
earthquake rattled the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Sunday,
seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no
tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 10:00 am (2300 GMT
Saturday) 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of the capital Port Vila
at a depth of 35 kilometers, the United States Geological Survey said.
The USGS had earlier put the magnitude at 6.6 but the quake was
down-graded to a 6.2 magnitude. Vanuatu lies on the so-called “Pacific
Ring of Fire,” a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction
between shifting tectonic plates. It has been rocked by several large
quakes in recent years, averaging about three magnitudes 7.0 or above
incidents every year without any major damage. –The West




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