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15 Jan 2019 | 07:07 PM UTC

Vanuatu: 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits northwest of Sola Jan. 16

Vanuatu News Alert

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Torres Islands in northern Vanuatu on January 16; aftershocks possible in coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Noumea). COUNTRY/REGION Vanuatu


A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the northern islands of Vanuatu around 05:06 (local time) on Wednesday, January 16. No tsunami warnings were issued as of 05:45 for the quake, which hit off the Torres Islands about 105 km (65 mi) northwest of Sola. The epicenter was located at a depth of approximately 47 km (29 mi). There are no initial reports of damage; further aftershocks are possible in the area in the coming hours.


Individuals in Vanuatu are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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