Tsunami waves

Tsunami waves observed in Vanuatu’s Aneityum island

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department said tsunami waves estimated at 0.9 to 1.0 metre have been observed in Aneityum Island.

People took to social media to share photos of the debris left behind by the waves in Aneityum.

According to VMGD, tidal records at Lenakel and Port Vila both confirmed the arrival of the waves.

The tsunami waves were caused by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake located 1745 km East-Southeast of Aneityum this morning.

The massive earthquake occurred at 6.28am (local time).

Tsunami waves cause flooding in low lying areas of Vanuatu

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 located South East of Mare of Loyalty islands and at a depth of 69 km Thursday afternoon triggered the tsunami.

Aneituym and Aniwa islands in Vanuatu experienced the tsunami waves.

An aftershock of 6.6 Magnitude located at South East of Mare (Loyalty islands) and 40 km depth occurred at 17:43pm.

Vanuatu’s southern islands of Aneityum, Aniwa and South Tanna will continue to expect aftershocks and possible tsunami waves to travel.