February 2, 2012 (13:34:40 UTC)
Magnitude 7.1 Vanuatu
A major earthquake struck near Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean early Friday morning local time 124 km (77 miles) west of Port-Vila, Efate, Vanuatu. There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami was generated. The earthquake occurred near the subduction zone where the northeastern corner of the Australia Plate subducts beneath the Pacific Plate.
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