7.1 earthquake in the South Pacific



SYDNEY, March 9. / ITAR-TASS /. Underwater earthquake with an epicenter 60 kilometers south-west of the city Isangel — the provincial Tafea / island of Tanna, Vanuatu / happened today at 11:09 MSK / 18:09 local time / in the South Pacific.

According to the Australian seismologists, its 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 of tectonic disaster has been reported.

Vanuatu is located in Micronesia — the heart of Oceania as called huge cluster of islands, with an area comparable to the mainland, spread out between Australia and the Malay Peninsula. Below them, at the junction of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, is the trench, framed by a belt of volcanic mountains. Therefore, the earthquake and the eruption of underwater volcanoes are there quite often.


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