October 7, 2009 / 10:19 PM / in 8 years

8.1 magnitude earthquake strikes northwest of Vanuatu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Santo, Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.

<p>An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Santo, Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Graphics</p>

The epicenter of the quake was located 232 miles north-northwest of Santo, Vanuatu, at a depth of 20.5 miles, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

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