Tsunami waves cause flooding in low lying areas of Vanuatu

There are reports of taro gardens and low lying coastal areas being flooded by tsunami waves in some parts 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.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) says it will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Communities and villages from those islands are being advised to avoid the coastlines.



Photo source: Hudson Mataiyo/Facebook. Caption: Taro garden flooded by tsunami waves at Aneityum island.


Breaking News