M 6.6 Earthquake, 37km W of Sola, Vanuatu

Jan 1, 2014 4:03 PM UTC
U.S. Geological Survey
Alert area: 115 miles (185 km) N of Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu; 278 miles (447 km) NNW of PORT-VILA, Vanuatu; 1313 miles (2112 km) NE of Brisbane, Australia

Posted Jan 1, 2014 4:18 PM UTC

An earthquake with magnitude 6.6 occurred near Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu at 16:03:30.30 UTC on Jan 1, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Tips from ready.gov

Excerpted from ready.gov
  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.


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