Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Strong earthquake rocks area near Vanuatu

Bloomberg News Service

March 12 (Bloomberg) — The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu was shaken today by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The temblor, initially reported as magnitude 7, struck at 10:23 p.m. local time, or 1:23 a.m. this morning Hawaii time, about 169 kilometers (105 miles) northwest of Vanuatu's capital, Port-Vila, the USGS said in a preliminary report posted on its Web site. The quake was at a depth of 33 kilometers.
No warnings of a potential tsunami were immediately issued.