Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits north of Vanuatu

(By AAP via  An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported this morning (April 17).

The quake today was initially reported with a magnitude of 6.0, but was later downgraded by the USGS.

It was recorded at a depth of 20km and was located around 250km northwest of Vanuatu’s Santo island, the USGS said.

There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of damage or casualties.


Top: The quake’s epicentre was located about 250km northwest of Vanuatu’s Santo island (USGS). Image via


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