6.2-magnitude Earthquake Hits Vanuatu

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake with a dept of 10km which struck Vanuatu near south Pentecost yesterday has caused damage in some areas.

A local from Ranwas village in south Pentecost reported cracks in the soil and displacement of rocks, following the earthquake.

Situated on a slope in south-east Pentecost, Ranwas village is vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquakes and landslides.

Villagers place stones as shields to keep their houses in place when they start the foundation.

These stones have been displaced by the earthquake yesterday, leaving families worrying that their houses could easily fall.

There are also cracks in concrete slabs and concrete floors, the local from Ranwas conveyed.

It was also reported that the earthquake has also caused items on shelves in shops to fall at Ranwas and other places like Point Cross.

Augustine Tabak, a chief from Point Cross, said the village’s two water tanks have been destroyed.

“These two tanks store and supply water for the entire village, flowing through pipes from a creek,” he added.

“It’s our only water system.

“Some parts of our church building (Anglican) has also been destroyed.”

The Area Secretary from north Ambrym said they have received minor damages in shops yesterday.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) issued a warning just after the earthquake, saying there is no tsunami threat.

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