SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES HITS VANUATU

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (October 4, 1998 - Radio Australia)---A series of earthquakes has hit Vanuatu, the latest forcing people to flee their homes and businesses in the capital, Port Vila.

There have been no reports of damage from the earthquakes, the biggest measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale.

A seismologist at the French Research Institute, Orstom, said, the latest quake was felt both in Port Vila and the neighboring islands, because it was quite shallow. It was centered 65 kilometers (39 miles) north of the capital.

Early last week, an earthquake rocked Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu's biggest island.

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