Skip to comments.7.2 quake hits South Pacific nation of Vanuatu
Posted on 05/27/2010 1:26:09 PM PDT by markomalley
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rattled the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly triggering a tsunami watch for the region, officials said. There were no immediate reports of damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just after 4 a.m. local time and was centered 300 miles (485 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Port Vila, at a depth of 22 miles (36 kilometers).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia, but canceled the alert about an hour later.
The center's duty geophysicist Barry Hershorn said they had confirmed there was no tsunami from ocean buoys and from coastal sea level gauges in Vanuatu.
Authorities in Vanuatu said they were checking for information on the quake and were pleased the tsunami alert had been canceled.
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Survivor curse. If Survivor does a show on your island watch for a tsunami or a typhoon to show up in the next couple of years.
Last year there was a TV program about volcanos of the world.
A French volcanologist took novices to several volcanos around the world.
There first stop was Vanuatu. There’s a big’un there. Fascinating show.
There could have been a good sitcom about a colony that was run by Britain and France at the same time.
They had earthquakes offshore last year as well. Could be near a fault line.
Still dark at 4 AM.
The “island” of Vanuatu? That can’t be true. The global warming scientists told me several years ago that that the island would have sunk beneath rising sea waters by now. Surely it doesn’t exist any more.