6.6-magnitude quake hits Vanuatu

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

GOLDEN, Colorado -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The USGS said the quake, which has a depth was 196 kilometers (km), hit early Thursday local time, with the epicenter 37 km (23 miles) west of the village of Sola and 443 km (275 miles) north of the capital, Port Vila.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also said there is no tsunami warning in effect.

The islands are on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. (AP)

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