Off the coast of Vanuatu earthquake of a magnitude 6.6


Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 occurred off the coast of the Pacific state Vanuatu, according to the US Geological survey (USGS).
Tremors were recorded at 20.47 local time (12.47 GMT) in 120 kilometers to the South-West of the town of Isangel on Tanna island. The focus lies at a depth of 10 kilometers.Information on casualties or damage were reported. The threat of a tsunami has not been announced.
The Islands of Vanuatu are part of the so-called Pacific “ring of Fire” — the horseshoe-shaped band of volcanoes and tectonic faults in length 40 thousand kilometers. It encircles the Pacific ocean, lying along coast southern and the North America to southern Alaska, then turns to Japan, Philippines and Indonesia and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific. It is in the “ring of Fire” occur 90% of all earthquakes on Earth.

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