Huge quake hits Vanatu, tsunami warnings cancelled

A large, 7.0 magnitude, 10km deep earthquake has hit the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

The quake hit ear Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu at 19:33:26.70 UTC on April 28. The tsunami warning was cancelled after reports that there were no significant damage.

“There is no longer a tsunami threat from this earthquake,” reported the United States Geological Survey.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami, and no threat to the Australian coastline.

The PTWC, however,  that there could be minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 metres above and below the normal tide.

The quake did not disrupt any flights.

Tourist resort manager Dave Cross told reporters that the quake was felt on the Espiritu Santo island. “We really felt the shake because it was so shallow, but all we lost was a vase and some flowers,” he said. “I’m told there was a small wave, but that was the extent of it.”

He added: “Earthquakes are just part of life here,” he added.

A Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport spokesmak said that the quake was just a “small one,” and wasn’t anything major.