Lynley Bilby is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Strong quake rocks Vanuatu

This aftermath of the quake. Photo / Facebook page of Vanuatu Daily Post
This aftermath of the quake. Photo / Facebook page of Vanuatu Daily Post

A magnitude 7 earthquake has rocked Vanuatu this morning.

The quake struck 31km east of Lakatoro and was at a depth of 10km.

It struck at 6.33am local time.

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Images have surfaced on social media of the damage caused by the earthquake to a local super market in Luganville.

A series of three images, posted by the Vanuatu Daily Post, show shelves at the supermarket broken and on the floor.

Products are scattered everywhere.

A series of three images, posted by the Vanuatu Daily Post, show shelves at the supermarket broken and on the floor. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post / Facebook
A series of three images, posted by the Vanuatu Daily Post, show shelves at the supermarket broken and on the floor. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post / Facebook

A Vanuatu resident has described the quake as a short, violent shake at daybreak.

Power was temporarily cut to islanders immediately after the tremor.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said at mid-morning New Zealand time that the tsunami threat to Vanuatu has now mostly passed.

The New Zealand Civil Defence says there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand.

- NZ Herald

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