6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Vanuatu

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 occurred on Thursday off the coast of the island nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

According to seismologists, the epicenter of the quake was at a distance of 103 kilometers west of the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila. The earthquake lies at a depth of 15 kilometers.

The threat of a tsunami is not reported.

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.

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