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No Tsunami Expected from 6.4 Magnitude South Pacific Quake

September 20, 2017, 10:33 AM HST
* Updated September 20, 10:36 AM
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The National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu issued a statement at 10:16 a.m. HST on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 regarding a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and there is not tsunami threat to Hawai‘i.

Earthquake parameters:

Region: Vanuatu
Geographic coordinates: 18.798S, 169.095E
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 200 km
Universal Time (UTC): 20 Sep 2017  20:09:50
Time near the Epicenter: 21 Sep 2017  07:09:50
Local standard time in Hawai‘i area: 20 Sep 2017, 10:09:50

Location with respect to nearby cities:
85.2 km (52.8 mi) NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu
143.3 km (88.9 mi) SE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
302.9 km (187.8 mi) NE of Wé, New Caledonia
417.0 km (258.5 mi) SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu
462.4 km (286.7 mi) NE of Dumbéa, New Caledonia


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