Magnitude-7.2 earthquake hits Pacific but no tsunami threat

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong magnitude-7.2 earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean near the island nations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, but authorities say there is no threat of a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck Friday afternoon 109 kilometers (68 miles) east of New Caledonia’s Hunter Island, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

After reviewing the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it didn’t pose a tsunami threat.

The region sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

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