6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu in south Pacific

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VANUATU — A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The USGS said the quake hit at 7:23 p.m. local time (3.23 a.m. CDT) off the island of Espiritu Santo, 407 kilometers (260 miles) north-northwest of the capital, Port Vila.

It occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned of a potential tsunami, but subsequently said the threat of a tsunami had “now largely passed.”

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