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Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 6, 2012
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory said, but there were no reports of a tsunami warning.
The quake struck at 1640 GMT around 81 kilometres southwest of the capital Port Vila.
The shallow quake, which had a depth of four kilometres, was measured by the US Geological Survey as having a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had yet to issue any information bulletin or alert.
Vanuatu lies on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.
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New Zealand quake toll officially put at 184: report
Wellington (AFP) Feb 4, 2012
The death toll from the devastating earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch last February has been increased to 184, it was reported Saturday. The coroner initially found 181 people were killed as a direct result of the 6.3-magnitude tremor, but another three deaths have now been recorded as quake related, the Press newspaper said. They included a 76-year-old woman, Elizabeth ... read more
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