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21 Oct 2019 | 09:40 AM UTC

Vanuatu: 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Tanna Island October 21

Vanuatu News Alert

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Tanna Island October 21; no tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Noumea). COUNTRY/REGION Isangel, Tanna Island


The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.4-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tanna Island on Monday, October 21, at approximately 02:52 (local time). The earthquake struck 59 km (36 mi) north-northeast of Isangel at a depth of 226 km (140 mi). No tsunami warning has been issued. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

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


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