Major 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

August 12, 2016 3:03 AM

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Major 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck about 535 km (330 miles) southeast of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, briefly triggering a local tsunami warning. There were no initial reports of casualties or damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for areas close to the quake, although there was no Pacific-wide threat of a tsunami, the Hawaii-based centre said.

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