Underwater earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Republic of Vanuatu. According to seismologists, the earthquake magnitude was 7.1, and the center lies at a depth of 36.7 km under the seabed. While reports of the tsunami and other notable consequences cataclysm has been reported.
The earthquake registered on Friday at 18:09 local time (11:09 GMT). Its epicenter was 60 kilometers south-west of the city of Isangel Vanuatu — the provincial Tafea (Tanna Island), told Itar-Tass.
Vanuatu is located in Micronesia — the heart of Oceania as called huge cluster of islands (more than 80). Below them, at the junction of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, is the trench, framed by a belt of volcanic mountains. Vanuatu — a mountainous country. Most of the mountains are covered with tropical forests. Earthquakes and tsunamis are fairly common.