Large quake off coast of Vanuatu

  • 03/04/2016
Large quake off coast of Vanuatu

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Vanuatu.

The US Geological Survey says the quake was 33 kilometres deep and centred about 80 kilometres northwest of Port-Olry.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has issued a statement saying there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the tsunami threat from the quake has now passed.

There have been no immediate reports of damage.

Tom Natik from the Vanuatu Met Office says the shake hit near the island of Espiritu Santo, where no damage has been reported.

"That was northwest of Santo, our biggest island," he says. "The people from the island, they call us now, so there was not any damage on the eastern side, but on the western side it's very remote."

Mr Natik says he's unsure if both sides of the island have escaped damage-free.