Thursday, August 2, 2007

Powerful 7.3 earthquake rattles Vanuatu

This was the news report from Reuters:

Thu Aug 2, 2007 5:37AM IST
CANBERRA (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake rattled the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Thursday, cracking roads and disrupting power supplies, but did not cause major damage, local authorities said.
The quake occurred at 0409 locally on Thursday about 45 km southeast of
the central island of Santo at a depth of around 150 km below the Pacific Ocean
"It's a pretty good size, but it's deep and there is no tsunami threat. It's aways out to sea," Geophysicist Robert Cessaro at the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told Reuters.
Jesse Benjamin, a spokesman for the Vanuatu government meteorological office, said the quake was felt strongly on Santo.
"There are cracks in the roads, cracks in the offices, the power went down and computers, but we do not expect major damage," he said from the capital Port Vila.

What I heard, over and over, from news reporters on the radio and television, was that they weren't even sure where Vanuatu was. Just one of those instances, that come up as I listen to news reports from around the world, where it becomes clear how really valuable and useful it is to do all that studying that our students do to learn where places are in our world.

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