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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu.

Image Credit: EMSC

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that moments ago a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Coral Sea, 90 km northwest of Santo, Luganville, Sanma Province, Vanuatu at a depth of 10km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Moderate shaking probably occurred in Norsup (pop. 3,000) located 131 km from the epicenter, Lakatoro (pop. 710) 135 km away, and Sola (pop. 1,200) 164 km away. A tsunami alert has been issued. People are requested to move away from the coast and attempt to reach a higher place.

Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Vanuatu.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

No reports of any casualties or injuries.

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