A modest tsunami is produced by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake in the remote Pacific off Vanuatu

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On April 6, 2021, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred in the far Pacific Ocean near the island nation of Vanuatu. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:51 am local time (0051 GMT) about 165 kilometers (103 miles) west-southwest of the city of Luganville on Santo Island, Vanuatu, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake had the potential to generate a destructive wave in the region, although there was no immediate report of a tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a “low likelihood of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami,” but it could still have hit local shores in the Vanuatu area.

People in the surrounding areas were warned to stay vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised tsunami waves could still be triggered at any time during the next few days, and recommended people in the area remain vigilant and alert.