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Quake strikes near Pacific island

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  • A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific
  • Quake hit 30 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Santo, Vanuatu
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific 30 miles (45 km) southeast of Santo, Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

The quake was at a depth of 107.3 miles (172.7 km), USGS said. The epicenter was also 1,240 miles (1,996 km) northeast of Brisbane, Australia.

"Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," read an advisory from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake struck at 4:08 a.m. local time (1:08 p.m. EDT/17:08 GMT). E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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