Earthquake of magnitude 7.0 occurred in the Pacific Ocean near Vanuatu

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Earthquake of magnitude 7.0 occurred on Sunday night off the coast of the island nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, the site of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Information on possible casualties damage were reported.

According to the service, the earthquake was recorded at 09.55 on Sunday local time (02.55 MSK). Hearth lies at a depth 132.4 km, the epicenter of the quake was located at a distance of 122 kilometers to the south-east of the city Isangel.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Miami (Florida, USA) reports that there is no threat of a tsunami.

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: RIA "Novosti".

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