USGS: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Republic of Vanuatu, South Pacific

Vanuatu-(ENEWSPF)- The United States Geological Survey issued a report of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The quake hit on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 16:55:02 UTC, 11:55:02 AM (CDT) – Central Daylight (Chicago), at a depth of only 40.6 km (25.2 miles).

The epicenter was 18.259°S, 168.069°E, only 63 km (39 miles) SSW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu; 190 km (118 miles) NW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu; 316 km (196 miles) SSE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; and 1850 km (1149 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia.

There is no current tsunami watch, warning or advisory in effect relative to this event, according to the NOAA’s National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.