Massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Ring of Fire

It occured about 19 miles west of the capital Port Vila

The quake struck at 8am local time and at a depth of 13 miles.

There have been report of people running from buildings and items falling from shelves during the quake, according to local reports.

One person wrote about the experience on Twitter.

They said: “Pretty pretty scary though. It was my first earthquake and think I‘ll remember it for a long, long time!!”

The earthquake occurred today

However, US seismologists are yet to confirm any damage to life or property.

The quake occurred about 19 miles west of the capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Vanuatu has a population of about 280,000 spread over 65 inhabited islands.

It is regarded as one of the world‘s most disaster-prone countries.

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    It sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, making it vulnerable to strong earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

    Powerful cyclones also regularly lash the islands, reports local media.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a tsunami warning.

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