US Geological Survey has just reported that the Vanuatu Islands was just hit with a violent 6.8 magnitude earthquake moments ago. The quakes epicenter lies 55km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu and occurred at 2012-12-21 22:28:08 UTC.
Presently, the situation is active and thus reports of damage are still unclear.
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake rattled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu back in April of this year as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
That quake struck at 9:05 a.m. some 8.7 kilometres (5.4 miles) below the surface.
The USGS said the quake hit some 148 kilometres (91 miles) southeast Port-Vila, Vanuatu and about 1,864 kilometres (1,158 miles) northeast Brisbane, Australia.
This most recent quake has not triggered tsunami warnings. We will bring you updates as soon as they are available.