South Pacific Avoids Tsunami After Big Earthquakes
Warning issued after off Vanuatu, canceled after only small wave materializes
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2009 7:54 PM CDT
Today's earthquakes near Vanuatu.   (US Geological Survey)

(Newser) – Tsunami warnings for a swath of the South Pacific—including American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand—issued after a pair of strong underwater earthquakes have been canceled after only a small wave materialized. Many residents had already moved to higher ground after the 7.8 and 7.1 temblors; American Samoa is still recovering from a deadly quake-driven wave last week.