POSTED: 1:05 p.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 1:06 p.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012
A large earthquake struck about 39 miles south-southwest of Vanuatu in the South Pacific but did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami that would threaten Hawaii, officials said today.
The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck at 9:28 a.m. Saturday near the epicenter (12:28 p.m. today in Hawaii) and was centered about 129 miles deep beneath the ocean floor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach issued a bulletin saying that there was no threat of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.