8 Oct 2009

Tsunami warning cancelled

5:01 pm on 8 October 2009

A tsunami warning has been cancelled after a spate of Pacific quakes.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre dropped the warning two hours after it issued an alert for much of the western and central Pacific.

The warning was prompted by a huge subsea quake struck near Vanuatu and eastern Solomon Islands.

The first earthquake was 7.9 and struck near Vanuatu, about 300 kilometres from Santo island at a depth of 35km.

All schools, banks and companies in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, closed following tsunami alert.

At about 10 in the morning, there was panic in Port Vila, with a long line of cars and trucks heading to the top of the hills.

There have been no reports of major damage.