In the area of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean earthquake magnitude 7.1

Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 occurred on Tuesday off the coast of the island nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, the site of the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to the service, the earthquake was recorded at 19.55 local time (12.55 MSK). Hearth lies at a depth of ten kilometers, the epicenter of the quake was at a distance of 273 kilometers south of the capital of Vanuatu — Port Vila.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Miami said that the threat of a tsunami there.

Vanuatu Islands are part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" — a horseshoe-shaped band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40,000 kilometers.

It encircles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" are 90% of all earthquakes in the world.

Source: http://eco.rian.ru/natural/20110510/372590015.html

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