An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shakes the waters northwest of Vanuatu in the Pacific

Bangkok, Aug 14 An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shook the northwestern coast of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific on Sunday, without serious material damage or casualties being reported, nor was a tsunami warning initially issued.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which records seismic activity around the world, placed the earthquake 10 kilometers deep under the seabed and 32 kilometers southwest of the town of Luganville, the second most populous city in the country. .

Vanuatu is located near the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and the submarine volcanoes of the Lau Basin, which is why it regularly experiences seismic shocks.

The Republic of Vanuatu, with a population of around 250,000 inhabitants, is made up of an archipelago of volcanic origin. EFE


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