Tsunami fears after magnitude 7.2 quake off coast of Vanuatu

A MAGNITUDE-7.2 earthquake has struck off Vanuatu and could generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWS) says.

"Hazardous tsunami waves" were possible for coasts within 300 kilometres of the earthquake's epicentre, the centre warned.

The quake struck 151 kilometres north-north-west of Santo on Vanuatu and was 35 kilometres deep, the US Geological Survey said.

The shallower a quake, the more damage it is likely to cause.

The USGS first measured the quake at 10 kilometres deep.

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