Great Earthquake Strikes the Pacific Islands

VANUATU, KOMPAS.com – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore Vanuatu.

The quake hit 90 kilometers west of Port-Vila at around 12.00 local time on Tuesday (16/2/2021), according to the US Geological Survey. Daily Mail.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers. There is no tsunami warning after the shock.

This natural phenomenon occurred less than a week after the area was rocked by an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.7 which triggered a small tsunami.

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Last week’s earthquake occurred just after midnight on Thursday (11/2/2021) local time. It is located about 415 kilometers east of Vao in New Caledonia at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The US Government’s NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake would generate dangerous tsunami waves expected to occur on several beaches.

It is said that waves reaching between 0.3 to one meter above high tide level are possible in Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

A wave of 0.3 meter hit Fiji, according to feed Twitter of the island nation’s seismology department.

However, Fijian Seismology later canceled its tsunami warning.

“The seismological observatory on its assessment has now verified and confirmed the cancellation of the warning and all clear information was issued to the entire Fiji group,” he said.

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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday (11/2/2021) confirmed in a Twitter post that a tsunami had occurred.

The bureau at the time warned of a threat to Lord Howe Island, which is about 550 kilometers (340 miles) east of mainland Australia, but said evacuation was not needed.

Residents in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, said they felt the quake, but there was no damage from either the shaking or subsequent waves.

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