The country of Vanuatu.

@Lore2009 (7389)
United States
December 8, 2010 5:40pm CST
This volcanic archipelago is located in the South Pacific. It was first inhabited by Melanesian people and in the 1880s was administered by both French and the UK. During that time, the country was called New Hebrides until it's independence in 1980. In 2009 and 2010, this country experienced a lot of earthquakes, as big as 7.8 magnitude! It is located on the "most seismically active areas in the world". They also have a unique cult, a "cargo cult" called the John Frum cult where they believed this man to be a savior. This cult was developed during the WW when many technologies were brought in which awed the remote residents of that area. Grace Mera Molisa is an internationally noted poet from this country and is the first woman to get a university degree there. Anyone live here or visit here before? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanuatu
3 responses
@dawnald (84130)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Dec 10
Nope, I've just seen bits of it on Survivor, looked awfully nice. I remember the lake jellyfish, that was pretty cool.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Dec 10
Yes, it mentioned how Survivor helped their tour industry. Lake jellyfish sounds interesting... gotta look it up.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Wow, I checked it out. I've seen these jellyfishes on TV somewhere.
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@dawnald (84130)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Dec 10
I saw them both on Survivor and also on a nature show somewhere.
@doggydimon (1379)
• Philippines
9 Jan 11
If I am stranded on those islands, I won't complain. hahaha.. I would love to visit Vanuatu if given the chance.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Jan 11
I would want to visit too.. but I'd be afraid if there's a big earthquake though!! But hopefully I'll be hanging around on my hammock outside out of danger of things falling on me.
@maximax8 (27048)
9 Dec 10
It sounds and looks lovely in Vanuatu. I haven't ever been there and it would be a long plane journey from where I live. I think the best way to get there would be a flight from Brisbane. It is a shame but understandable that it gets so many earthquakes due to it being so seismically active. I am sure it has some gorgeous looking unspoilt beaches and the local people would be interesting to meet. In the South Pacific Ocean I have been to Fiji in 1993, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands in 2001 and Samoa in 2002. Going to Tonga would be an easier and cheaper trip than to Vanuatu. I does sound like a special country to visit though.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
10 Dec 10
That's awesome you got to visit all those countries there. What were some of the most interesting things you felt from each of those countries?