Magnitude-7.2 earthquake hits Pacific but no tsunami threat

August 12, 2016 3:24 AM

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A strong magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Friday in the Pacific Ocean near the island nations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, but authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit Friday afternoon 109 kilometers (68 miles) east of New Caledonia's Hunter Island, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

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