4 magnitude natural disaster off Vanuatu

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck near Vanuatu sparking concerns of a tsunami in the Pacific

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) sent the USA state a tsunami bulletin in the wake of the quake, which occurred at a considerably depth of 124 miles.

A strong 6.4-magnitude quake struck near the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Thursday but there was no tsunami warning or any immediate reports of damage, officials said.

"If they feel a big natural disaster, that they can not stand, it means that the quake is big with a magnitude higher than seven".

Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

A massive 2011 quake and tsunami caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant.

It comes just hours after Japan was struck by a quake, sparking fears for its Fukushima power plant.

Mexico is reeling from a magnitude-7.1 natural disaster that collapsed buildings and killed at least 225 people.

Magnitude 7.9 and greaterDestructive local tsunamis are possible near the epicenter, and significant sea level changes and damage may occur in a broader region.



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