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No tsunami threat following Vanuatu quake — PHIVOLCS

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued an advisory stating that there is no tsunami threat in the country following the strong earthquake that hit the Vanuatu region.

"No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake," the agency announced.

An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck west of Luganville, Vanuatu region on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck 95 km (59.03 miles) west of Luganville and 33 km below the earth's surface, USGS added. -- Reuters with BAP, GMA Integrated News