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6.5 magnitude Pacific quake off Vanuatu

A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Friday, but US geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami.

HONG KONG: A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Friday, but US geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake hit 16 miles (27 kilometres) east of the beach town of Port-Olry at 8:40 pm (0840 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.

At a depth of 111 kilometres, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that the quake was too deep to cause a "destructive tsunami".

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