Vanuatu hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

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Published: 2023-12-07 16:39

Last Updated: 2024-02-25 06:50


Vanuatu hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake
Vanuatu hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck south of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Republic of Vanuatu is a country located in the South Pacific Ocean in the southern hemisphere. It consists of a group of islands, including about 80 islands, of which 65 are inhabited. Port Vila is the capital and largest city in the country.

Vanuatu is renowned for its enchanting natural beauty, characterized by white sandy beaches, rich marine life, and stunning landscapes such as active volcanoes and dense tropical forests. Maritime activities like diving, swimming, and surfing are popular in these islands.

The country's economy heavily relies on agriculture and tourism. Vanuatu cultivates various crops such as vanilla, coconut, cocoa, and bananas, while also producing coffee, cocoa, sugar, and kava. Tourism is also a significant economic resource, with visitors coming to enjoy the picturesque nature and rich culture of these islands.

Vanuatu's culture is diverse and rich, influenced by the indigenous traditions of the native population and the impact of European colonization. The country preserves a varied cultural heritage of dance, music, and handicrafts, and is known for its diverse ethnic groups that maintain their unique traditions.