December 25th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

Tsunami warning issued after strong quake in Pacific Ocean

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean's Vanuatu Islands region early Sunday, prompting a tsunami warning for the area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of the island of Tanna, Vanuatu and 1,740 kilometers (about 1,100 miles) off Australia's eastern coast just after midnight local time (8:16 a.m. ET).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a regional warning for a part of the Pacific, including Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours," the center said. "Authorities in the region should take appropriate action in response to this possibility."

The tsunami warning did not include the U.S. state of Hawaii, though some coastal areas of the islands could experience very rough seas and strong currents.

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  1. Sandor Tulsa

    Son solo pequeñas señales para que nos acordemos que Dios es Dios y el Vendra un dia a rescatar a su pueblo – la Biblia no se equivoca – vendran terremotos tan fuertes como nunca han habido – entonces vendra el fin – dice la Biblia – la Palabra de Dios. Estas tu preparado? no es Religion es RELACION. period

    December 25, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • pickler

      English Please, failed spanish twice

      December 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • TP Snow

      I have no idea what you said but I totally agree.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Bailey

    I'm not a strong believer in pagan rituals. Try this you will have better numbers, RUN FOR HIGH GROUND!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike Skiera

    Why isn't this in the headlines???

    December 25, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris Davis

    Just as in the days of noha.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. noah

    Didn't this happen 6 years ago...

    December 25, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Why does CNN's website even have a comments section? Does anything positive come out of it? The comments range from "I'm praying for the people in the tsunami area" to "God doesn't exist" to "Check the ins and outs of my nuts". Makes me embarrassed to be an American.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • danbug

      So don't read the comments. I for one enjoy them, and it's great to have freedom of speech somewhere in this world.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • TP Snow

      Makes me embarrassed to have nuts.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff in MA

      the comments are usually more interesting than the stories themselves

      December 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • coffeeandtea

      How about you stop reading when you get to the end of the article, and skip the comments then if you are not into them? I like reading the comments. Many of them are lame, like yours, and many of them are insane, like Lament's comment. Some of them are funny and insightful.

      December 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pickler

    Dont kid urself BEASLEY!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. trixie8

    What is wrong with all of u! Its a time to be festive and think of those less fortunate! The planet is acting crazy because of all the drilling and the fact that we have been careless! We have become a very selfish race!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      All that drilling isn't even like a mosquito bite, we barely penetrate the surface of this planet.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. jerry p

    mathew#24 and there shall be earthquakes in diverse places and than shall the end come

    December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Wow! It's AMAZING how there have NOT been earthquakes in diverse places over the past two thousand years!
      Why, the Earth has been entirely static that ENTIRE time.

      December 25, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Faisal

    don't worry, God cannot be mocked. let the non-believers fool themselves. they are not the first souls to perish and won't be the last, us believers, let us not waste any more energy on the heathens. they are not worthy of our respect, just follow Jesus and do good and you will surely find peace for your souls. God bless.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      Wait a minute, you’re prepared to accept an enormous amount on no evidence whatsoever and be respected for it. Why? And you disrespect everyone else?

      December 25, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff in MA

      god is a math equation that continues to work and doesn't care about whether the byproducts of its work believe it in or not. all those two thousand year old fairy tales are doing is trying to control people through fear. its boring and old.

      December 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • goferbroke

      Even Heathens need and deserve respect and especially PRAYER. We are all Gods children. Merry Christmas to all..

      December 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. xebata

    @Pickler : Failed spanish twice? That's just too bad for you, and it is definitely not Sandor Tulsa's problem. On the upside, there *are* multiple translators on the internet. Get cracking. Happy Christmas.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • pickler

      than please translate, if ur so bright :)))

      December 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. GodHimSelf

    He guys, I see you're all quoting sentences from some sort of manufactured book. Well, here's the deal. That book isn't written by me but by my brother, you know, the one that likes to dress up like a Snake.


    I see that a lot of people are reading and believing the fairytales written in it, O MySelf! What has happenend to my beautiful creation, they've all become more retarded that I intented!
    Well I'm just gonna cause some earthquakes to frighten them and cause them to lose faith in that book, which they can use as decent toilet paper by the way, and let them start believing in themselfs, like I do.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You godless moron the problem with your equation you can't cause earthquakes...people who believe in self alone are usually the selfish and self-centered.

      December 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hsd enough

    THERE IS AN INCREASE IN EARTHQUAKES ABOUT 200% over the past 30years. And have you ever heard of one shifting the earth off its axis ? The one that happened in Chilie did THIS YEAR. Shifted it by about 2 to 3 inches. May not sound like much but think about that ? If it can happen on such a small scale it can most certainly happen on a much LARGER scale. And its coming ! No stone will be unturned.

    December 25, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Loro

    We take for granted the blessings that have been given to us. The mere fact that we are still living is already a big gift from God. We tend to think we are all-knowing, and all-mighty. Parrot, just because you don't understand it, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Can you understand how your brain works? Have you seen it?

    December 25, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • TP Snow

      Those of us who are married know for sure that we are not all knowing because we are reminded of this on a daily basis. (And we certainly aren't all mighty)!

      December 25, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ethel

    Sweet, non-believers don't deserve respect but in the same breath, follow which is it, you can't mean both, Jesus respected everyone didn't he?? THAT is why the non-believers aren't worried even if we're wrong...HELL is better than ending up with hypocrites like the religious who think they're better than anyone who doesn't share their beliefs!

    December 25, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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