M7.0 earthquake strikes Port-Olry, Vanuatu: USGS
Updated 22:04, 08-Jan-2023

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Port-Olry, Vanuatu, on Sunday at a depth of 23 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued a tsunami warning for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the epicenter. 

"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Vanuatu," said the PTWC.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Vanuatu is home to about 280,000 people and is prone to natural disasters, with a half-dozen active volcanoes as well as regular cyclones and earthquakes. 

It sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. 

(With input from Reuters)

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