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Tsunami threat declared after 6.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Vanuatu

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurred in the region of Vanuatu Islands (Republic of Vanuatu) in the Atlantic Ocean, a tsunami threat is declared. This on Wednesday, August 18, reported the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

It is noted that the epicenter of the tremor was located about 16 km north of Port Orly, which is home to 1,951 people. The origin lies at a depth of 91 km. Earthquake magnitude was initially estimated at 7.1.

The National Tsunami Warning Center (NOAA) of the United States declared a tsunami threat within 300 km. from the earthquake's epicenter.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Haiti on August 14. As of August 18, the death toll from the natural disaster was 1,941 people.

August 15, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said that the organization will send at least $8 million to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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