MOSCOW, Aug. 20 — RIA Novosti. Earthquake of magnitude 7.5 occurred on Saturday 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 03.55 local time on Sunday (Saturday 20.55 MSK). Hearth lies at a depth 40.6 km, the epicenter of the quake was at a distance of 62 kilometers to the south-west of the capital of Vanuatu — Port Vila.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Miami (Florida, USA) reported that the threat of a massive tsunami there, but "an earthquake of such capacity are sometimes cause small tsunami that can carry destruction along the coastline, which is located within a hundred kilometers from the epicenter."
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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