October 7, 2009 / 10:26 PM / 10 years ago

8.1 magnitude earthquake strikes NW of Vanuatu

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (Reuters) - An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Santo, Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.

The epicenter of the quake was located 232 miles (373 km) north-northwest of Santo, Vanuatu, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km), the agency said.

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

(Writing by World Desk Americas)

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