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. Tboy

    It is a fact that natural disasters have been increasing in frequency and severity in the past few years. There has been more media coverage of them because there have been more of them. Anyone who claims natural disasters, including earthquakes, have not been increasing really needs to do a little more research.

    It is also a fact that everything in nature, and the environment, is pointing toward some type of climax. You can feel that we are nearing some type of breaking point.

    The fact that Jesus Christ, who by the way, is backed up by more literary and archeological evidence than people realize, told his disciples this would happen thousands of years ago, lays a pretty solid foundation that He is who He claims He is. Therefore, His warnings of these "birth pains", meaning these natural disasters are simply just the beginning of what is to come; we would do well to take notice, and stop being so blind and closed minded.

    Christ said that in the end, "every knee will bow before Him". So whether you believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord, and our Saviour, is totally up to you, and is your right. God gave all of us a free will, to believe in, and do what we want while on earth. But in the end, you will bend your knee and bow before Him, either in fear, or in love.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • pauld45 need to get your facts straight...try researching before you fact earthquakes and other disasters are occurring in less frequency...its only easier reported because of the globalization of the news media that you are informed of these events more often.....therefore it seems as if they are occuring more fact earthquakes have been declining for years...check out the USGS website..and you will see...earthquakes are actually diminishing in frequency over the last 50 years

      December 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. julius ceasar

    lets hope there is no destructive tsunami

    December 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. believe

    I would rather HOPE and have FAITH in the lord and spend eternity in Heaven. Then bash and insult those who believe- AND BE WRONG, Just image the punishment! Now times that by eternity!

    December 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debbie Graham

    Jesus said: In the last days there will be earthquakes, we seem to be having one after another along with other things that are happening often. for these are the signs of the end times..I believe in this generation we will all see the secong coming of our lord and Savior.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. keystone

    ..its not a big thing but why are we talking about God here.....I thought this was about an earthquake in the Pacific....if anything this should be about Obama because isn't he somewhere in the Pacific....between the polluted waters on the island of Kailua in Hawaii and this earthquake Id say they are trying to discourage Obama from going out that way on vacation...I dont think anyone wants him...

    December 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    First off there is no GOD. Unless your in prison. And no half man half apes? Ever been to a village in Africa? And give me a BIC lighter and I'm a god 2000 years OH and why are the MOST violent places on earth all so religious? What morons and small minded you believers are.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • grosmtry

      I am an agnostic, but please prove to me there is "no God." Pompous and arrogant to say you know the answer.

      December 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    This went from an article on a Tsunami warning to a discussion on never ending religious beliefs..... how?

    December 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Fitzgerald

    Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubborness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know before they will believe. Alma 32:16. Oh great, now a Mormon joins the discussion and starts quoting scripture on Christmas Day! Can you imagine?

    December 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. grosmtry

    God hates Vanuatu!

    December 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. POLLY


    December 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Moe

    Oooo. God does exist, always was there and always will. Whether ur a pagan, Christian, Jew, Muslim or Even an Atheist.
    Some people blame god for their misery, or some for the poor victims of 9/11.

    Humans were created with a brain and free will, they're are responsible for their own deeds, good and bad.

    Whoever is blaming god for his misfortune or terrorism is a failure of being a human being. A shame to everyone that knows him/her.

    December 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know What

      Then do not praise and glorify this "God" for the good things that happen either.

      December 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jorden M.

    Epic fail!

    December 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roger Martin

    Where was God 3,000 years ago, when the Pagan belief was THE religion?
    Pagans celebrated their belief 1,000's of years BEFORE anyone ever heard of and BEFORE "Christ" was supposdly born.
    The best you can do is keep saying , ( over and over BTW), that you believe, and that I should too.
    Why? Because YOU say so?
    Or because a book that was very well written and does what it was designed to do tells me what I'm supposed to believe?
    Stop preaching to me,show me FACTS, OTHER then the well written myths in your book.
    You KNOW your right why? because that book says you are?
    Explain to me without using your Book why I'm wrong?

    December 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Know What

    Because the Big Ol' Book of myths and superst!tions talks about earthquakes (and fires and floods) a lot. If leaky toilets had been mentioned in it, there would be a lot of thumpers on the plumbing boards too.

    December 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know What

      That was in reply to:


      This went from an article on a Tsunami warning to a discussion on never ending religious beliefs..... how?

      December 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stevo25

    Those who doubt lettem live in doubt, those who don't believe, lettem not believe, those who believe lettem believe, as for the judgement day, if not even the angels in heaven know the return of the lord Jesus Christ, then us men neither know, no flesh is greater than the lord so all these 2012 predictions appear pretty accurate but my as my lord stated I shall live by. god bless yall and have a joyful Christmas everyone, peace

    December 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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