Large 6.9 Earthquake Hits Vanuatu in the Pacific
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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