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Earthquake Hits Near Vanuatu

An earthquake has struck near the island nation of Vanuatu. The preliminary magnitude was 6.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No tsunami is expected to be produced by the temblor. Details from the USGS:


July 31, 2011 at 14:34:52 UTC

August 01, 2011 at 01:34:52 AM at epicenter

Location: 17.064 S, 171.570 E

Depth: 48 km (29.8 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

353 km (219 miles) ENE of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu

367 km (228 miles) NE of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

499 km (310 miles) ESE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

2217 km (1377 miles) N of Auckland, New Zealand

This article will be updated if the event proves significant.

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