Large 6.9 Earthquake Hits Vanuatu in the Pacific

A Pacic Island visited in 2009
By Val
@valmnz (12758)
New Zealand
April 28, 2016 3:51pm CST
At the moment my sister and her husband are on Day 2 of their Pacific Cruise, heading north from New Zealand. The TV news has just told of a 6.9 earthquake hitting offshore of the island of Vanuatu. My sister's ship is due to arrive there on Day 7 of their cruise, so in five days from now. Apparently the tsunami waves in the Pacific are only expected to be one metre high, but that could be quite devastating for the islands of Vanuatu. We visited there on a cruise seven years ago, and it is a beautifu place with simple buildings, probablt not likely to stand up to the force of such a large quake. I'm hoping well that the locals are safe and that the cruise ship is not affected too much. The photo isn't of Vanuatu, but an even smaller island we visited on our cruise. These islands are low lying and very vulnerable to acts of nature such as earthquakes and tsunamis. ADDING THIS AN HOUR LATER: it seems as if all could be well on the island, at the airport they've advised it wasn't enough to close the airport, so that is a relief for all the people there.
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
28 Apr 16
I was thinking about the Pacific rather hard earlier, but I don't think my thoughts were responsible this time. :P Hopefully everyone is doing well.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
There have been no more news flashes on TV and the internet news coming through isn't too bad so far.
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
28 Apr 16
@valmnz That's good. Seems to be a lot of reported earthquake activity lately. Must be the season for it!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
@OneOfMany it definitely is the time of the year for earthquakes down in this part of the world.
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Apr 16
That's good to hear that the island made it through unscathed and that your sister won't be affected on her cruise either.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
It's been six hours since there have been any news reports coming to NZ from Vanuatu
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Apr 16
@valmnz So, hopefully all is still well there. If things didn't progress there as well as we're hoping will the ship be docking elsewhere instead?
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
@MarshaMusselman hard to say
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@quantum2020 (9261)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
28 Apr 16
I just read this morning about an earthquake in France. It's terrible that the earth's tectonic plates are sliding in two parts of the word today! I hope the small island is not hit by any tsunami!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
I think the island will be affected quite badly as nothing is built with earthquakes in mind.
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• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
28 Apr 16
@valmnz Really bad! The authorities of the island should have thought about this kind of events and evacuated the natives in advance.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
@quantum2020 no one can predict when an earthquake will hit. Here in New Zealand we have them often. They just suddenly happen. Alo, this is their country, not just a holiday location.
@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr 16
That's very good news then that there wasn't worse damage. And hopefully the cruise won't be affected.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
I think I'm more worried about the locals. We've always said they were the happiest people we've ever come axcross.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr 16
@valmnz Our friends spent time there and said the people were amazingly friendly.
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• United States
28 Apr 16
oh dear, i was relieved to read yer update! i'll keep my fingers crossed fer those folks who live'n that beautiful isle 'n also that yer sister'n her hubs've a safe 'n pleasant journey.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
Poor people, I'm so glad for them there won't be a sizeable tsunami.
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• United States
29 Apr 16
@valmnz aint that the truth? i wonder if'n such was related to the quake'n france? the world's gettin' more unstable e'ery day't seems :(
@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
29 Apr 16
glad to hear ppl were safe
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
There was nothing on the news tonight, so presumably all is well
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 16
That must be a relief to you - if they haven't closed the airport it must have no damage, so your sister's visit should go ahead as planned.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
The airport is on a different island than the one the ship calls in at I think.
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@BelleStarr (38288)
• United States
28 Apr 16
Wow that was a close call and a really large earthquake. I hope your sister's cruise is alright, we have run from hurricanes but never an earthquake.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
We do get used to earthquakes here in New Zealand, but our buildings are built to withstand them.
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@marguicha (94819)
• Chile
28 Apr 16
In my experience, living in a country where big earthquakes happen often, the worst are tsunamis.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
In these islands everything is very fragile
@xFiacre (4452)
• Ireland
28 Apr 16
@valmnz Quite worryingbif you live there or are in the area. HOpe your sister doesn't hear about it!!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
I imagine the ship will keep very quiet about it until they are due to arrive in the region. I know she and her husband have planned a snorkelling trip at Port Vila.
@Platespinner (16494)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Apr 16
Scary stuff! I hope the tsunami ends up being smaller than they predict!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
I think the damage from the earthquake will be worse than the tsunami. It could be a few hours before any pictures arrive.
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@Corbin5 (106465)
• United States
28 Apr 16
This is a bit of worrying new for you, but I do hope your sister's travels are not negatively affected by the earthquake. Also hope all are safe on the beautiful islands too.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
I'm sure my sister will be safe, but it may mean they don't stop at Vanuatu. I am concerned for the people of the island though.
@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Apr 16
I'm glad the quake didn't harm the island. You never know what kind of damage an earthquake will do, and I'm glad this one didn't do much damage.
@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
29 Apr 16
There probably was some damage, but not life threatening. Their homes are so flimsy.
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Apr 16
@valmnz Good that it wasn't life threatening. Aren't their homes easily repaired?
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
30 Apr 16
@just4him not sure what the situation is currently, but they are very small islands with limited resources compared to our standards. Damage to food crops is probably more serious than to homes.
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• United States
29 Apr 16
Small low-lying islands are vulnerable to all sorts of disasters. While earthquakes can devastating, global warming is their biggest danger.
@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 16
This is scary, I have read no news about this earthquake, that is pretty strong. I hope that everybody is safe and there are no damages.