7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

December 26, 2010 12:33 pm 

WELLINGTON, Dec. 26 — An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck off the Pacific island country of Vanuatu early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which occurred at 02:16 a.m. New Zealand local time (13:16 GMT Saturday), was centered 225 km south of Port Vila, capital city of Vanuatu, and at a depth of 24.4 km.

There were no reports of casualties or damages so far.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji following the 7.6 magnitude quake. (PNA/Xinhua)

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