6.2-magnitude Quake Hits Off South Pacific Island Of Vanuatu


A 6.2-magnitude quake has hit off the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey says, but it is not expected to generate a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the tremor at 1707 AEST on Friday (0300 GMT on Saturday) was 135km deep and about 48km northeast of Luganville, and more than 270km from the capital Port Vila.

Geoscience Australia estimated the quake at 5.7-magnitude and said it was unlikely to have caused any damage because of its depth.

“If there was any damage it would only be light,” duty seismologist Steve Tatham said.

Earthquakes regularly hit near Vanuatu, with a 6.8-magnitude shaker hitting off the South Pacific island in December without generating a destructive tsunami.