Tsunami Alert Issued After Major 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Vanuatu

81km NNW of Port-Olry, Vanuatu

A major earthquake magnitude 7.2 (ml/mb) strikes 81 kilometers (50 miles) from Port-Olry in Vanuatu on Sunday. Exact location, longitude 166.8208° East, latitude -14.3465° South, depth = 35 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 03/04/16 / 2016-04-03 08:23:53 / April 3, 2016 @ 8:23 am UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles). The 7.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 19:23:53 / 7:23 pm (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us20005e8t. Ids that are associated to the event: pt16094050, at00o51tzt, us20005e8t. A tsunami warning has been issued near Port-Olry in Vanuatu (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Event epicenter was 136 km (84 miles) from Luganville (c. 13 400 pop), 94 km (58 miles) from Sola (c. 1 200 pop). Nearby country/countries, Vanuatu (c. 222 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Luganville, Sola.

Each year there are an estimated 15 major quakes in the world. Earthquakes 7.0 to 7.9 may cause serious damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days sixty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

Original Article:http://www.earthquakenewstoday.com/2016/04/03/major-earthquake-7-2-mag-81-km-nnw-of-port-olry-vanuatu/

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