Major Quake Rattles Vanuatu

No deaths reported after 7.5 quake, tsunami hit island nation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 4:57 AM CDT
Workers at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center review data from Vanuatu.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

(Newser) – Thousands of people in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu headed for the hills today as a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit and triggered a small tsunami. No injuries or serious damage were reported despite the strength of the quake, which witness said shook buildings for at least 10 seconds, Reuters reports. A tsunami warning is still in place for islands in the region.

It was "a very sharp quake—it was the worst I have felt in my life," a police spokesman told AP. "Many people left the center of town and went to higher places, fearing a tsunami," he said. "We're still experiencing sharp aftershocks and all communications were lost for a time, but things are coming back to normal now." Many power lines were downed and buildings are being checked for structural damage.

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