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Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 4

OCHA/GVA - 2000/0004
Vanuatu - Earthquake / Tsunami
OCHA Situation Report No. 4
6 January 2000

General Situation

Ongoing effects of the disaster

1. One month after the earthquake that struck Pentecost, Ambrym and Paama Islands, widespread landslides have affected Paama, a small 9 km by 4 km island with a population of 1,606. The earthquake of 27 November 1999 had caused large land-slips and wide cracks in hillsides across the island. These generated further slips after heavy rain on the night of 26 December. No one is reported missing or injured.

Immediate damage

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Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 99/0259
Vanuatu - Earthquake / Tsunami
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
21 December 1999

General Situation

Ongoing effects of the disaster

1. On Pentecost Island, villagers are currently relocating 6km inland from Bay Martelli (population 270), to mitigate the threat of future tsunami, and from St. Henrie (population 2-300) on the southeast coast, because of the risk of landslide. Inhabitants of other villages in the centre, south and east, remain afraid of landslides precipitated by further tremors, and have not yet resumed gardening. On

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SOPAC international team survey recent Vanuatu earthquakes back

Summary: A Japan-US-Vanuatu-SOPAC International Team of scientists is scheduled to survey the recent Vanuatu earthquakes and tsunami mid-December.
An earthquake measuring over 7 on the Richter Scale occurred very early Saturday morning 27 November, in the area close to Pentecost and Ambrym islands in Vanuatu. It was followed by several after-shocks one of which appears to have generated a tsunami or seismic sea wave. A large number of landslides were also triggered on Pentecost, Ambrym and nearby Paama. It also appears that ground deformation
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Vanuatu: Scientists checking threat of "explosive event" in volcanic Pacific

AUCKLAND, Dec 10 (AFP) - Japanese and American scientists are checking cracks on a volcanic island in Vanuatu fearing "an extremely explosive event" with Pacific wide impact, a scientific report said Friday.

Ambrym Island in Vanuatu had suddenly risen 80 centimetres (32 inches) in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on November 27, the Suva-based official South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) said in a statement.

Ten people were killed, five at Ena in the north of Pentecost Island while five drowned in the resulting tsunami

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Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 99/0248
Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
9 December 1999

General situation

1. Impact

Aftershocks to the 27 November earthquake have continued to affect Penama Province in the northeast of Vanuatu. Significant landslides have occurred not only on Pentecost, but also on Ambrym, Paama and Epi Islands, where damage to houses, roads, and water supply systems, has been reported.

2. Casualties

The confirmed death toll is ten. Five were killed at Ena Village in the earthquake, and five in the tsunami at

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Aftershocks felt in Vanuatu - three more islands report damage

A disaster assessment team has been sent to three islands in Vanuatu, which have reported damage after last weekend's earthquake and tsunami struck Pentecost Island.

Pacific correspondent Kevin McQuillan reports, the official death toll from the earthquake remains at ten:

Disaster control centre chair John Sese says the team will assess damage on the islands of Ambryn, Ape and Malacoula, and he expects their report later today. The provinces of Penama and Malempa have now been declared disaster areas and a request for assistance has

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Red Cross raises funds for the victims of the Vanuatu earthquake

Suva [Fiji Isl.]/Geneva, December 2
The Vanuatu Red Cross and the International Federation are raising funds and organising relief to assist victims of the massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Vanuatu on November 27. The earthquake caused a giant tidal wave that killed 12 people, injured scores and destroyed the homes of over 1,000 people.

On Wednesday, December 1, the International Federation launched a preliminary appeal for US$122,000 to assist

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Aftershocks felt in Vanuatu - three more islands report damage

Aftershocks are still being felt on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, five days after an earthquake and tsunami struck, killing ten people.

Pacific correspondent Kevin McQuillan reports, disaster officials say the number of homeless on Pentecost Island has also risen.

The chair of the disaster control centre John Sese says he's now received reports of damage on three other islands, Ambryn, Ape and Malacoula. He expects to know by tomorrow the full extent of the damage on those islands. Two provinces have now been declared disaster

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Vanuatu Earthquake/Tsunami: Marteli Bay

From WEEKLY NEWS 45/99
In Marteli Bay, Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, what was once a beautiful village of 360 people is today a wasteland after a massive tidal wave struck the area following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on 27 November. "Everything is gone ... the houses, gardens, livestock and orchard. It will take a long time for the village to recover," says Godwin Ligo, the Vanuatu Red Cross Society's chief executive officer. Although the Marteli Bay village was wiped out, a quirk of fate saved most of the people. Only four people died here and one is still missing.
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Vanuatu: Earthquake/Tidal Wave Preliminary Appeal No. 33/99

THIS PRELIMINARY APPEAL SEEKS CHF 188,000 IN CASH, KIND AND SERVICES TO ASSIST 1,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR 5 MONTHS
1 December 1999

Summary

The Vanuatu Red Cross, with International Federation support, has immediately responded to the earthquake and subsequent tidal wave which hit Vanuatu on Saturday, 27 November by carrying out an initial distribution of relief items. Efforts to reach the affected area to undertake more detailed assessments continue. Meanwhile, the Federation is launching this Preliminary Appeal to support the existing assistance

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Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0238
Vanuatu - Earthquake/Tsunami
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
30 November 1999

A state of emergency has been declared.

Situation

1. An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale was recorded at 00:21hrs local time on Saturday 1999 (Friday, 26 November 1999, 13:21 GMT) to the south-west of the Vanuatan island of Pentecost. The earthquake was centered at latitude 16.4 South and longitude 168.2 East. The island, which has a population of about 12,000 and is about 63 km long and 12 km wide, was the worst hit area. The earthquake was followed

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Vanuatu: Earthquake/Tidal Wave Information Bulletin No. 2

The Disaster

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit Vanuatu, a chain of islands located in the South
Pacific, at 12:21 am (local time) on 27 November 1999. The earthquake caused a tidal wave which
affected the islands of Pentecost, Ambrym, Paama and Epi. The affected area has a total population of
around 12,000. Initial assessments indicate twelve confirmed deaths, with more than 100 injured and
thousands left homeless. Six individuals who were seriously injured have been airlifted to the capital of
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Embassies wait for list of needs after Vanuatu earthquake

Embassies and aid agencies are continuing discussions with the Vanuatu government about assistance following the weekend earthquake and tsunami.

Ten people died when Pentecost island was hit on Saturday.

Supplies of temporary shelter have been flown to the island, but officials are concerned about water and food supplies, especially to remote areas, cut off by landlsides.

Sue Cox from the Australian High Commission in Port Vila says the Australian, New Zealand and French Consulates are waiting for a final decision from Vanuatu on what the government needs:

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Vanuatu Govt sends aid to disaster stricken island

The Vanuatu Government has sent the first consignment of relief supplies to Pentecost Island which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on Saturday.

The chairman of the National Disaster Management Council, John Sese says the aid includes sheltering material, food, water and medicine.

About one-thousand people lost everything in the disaster.

Mr Sese says Vanuatu's Council of Ministers has agreed to officially request assistance from Australia, France and New Zealand.

He says three Government Ministers have been touring the island to assess damage and find out what is needed by

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Ten dead, thousands homeless after Vanuatu quake

PORT VILA, Nov 28 (AFP) - At least ten people died and thousands were left homeless after an earthquake and tidal wave devastated the Vanuatu island of Pentecost on Saturday.

Scores of people were hurt, including five who were flown with serious injuries to hospital in Port Vila, on the island of Efate 450 kilometres (280 miles) to the south.

Emergency services said the toll of dead and injured could be higher because rescuers had been unable to reach inaccessible and isolated areas of central Pentecost.

On an island on which communication and

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Vanuatu: Earthquake/Tidal Wave Information Bulletin No. 1

The Disaster

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit Vanuatu, chain of islands located in the South
Pacific, at 12:21 am (local time) on 27 November 1999. The earthquake caused a tidal wave which
affected the islands of Pentecost, Ambrym, Paama and Epi. Initial assessments indicate twelve
confirmed deaths, with more than 100 injured and thousands left homeless.

Three Government Ministers flew to the affected area and have returned to the capital of Port Vila to
brief the Prime Minister as well as others involved in the Governments'
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USGS QED Earthquake Bulletin: Vanuatu Islands

1999 11 26 13:21:15.4 16.417S 168.220E Depth: 33N 6.5mb 7.3MS
VANUATU ISLANDS.

Comment:

At least five people killed and 40 injured by collapsed buildings and landslides on Pentecost. At least three people killed and two others missing off the south coast of Pentecost by a local tsunami, which was also recorded at Suva, Fiji. Felt strongly on Ambrym and Epi. Felt in much of Vanuatu.

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Undersea earthquake near Vanuatu biggest on record

Paris (dpa) - An undersea earthquake Friday off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific was the biggest on record in the immediate area, France's seismological service said.

It measured 7.3 on the Richter Scale. There were no immediate reports of whether it caused a tsunami or local damage.

The Strasbourg-based service has seismological instruments around the world. It said the previous most powerful tremor in the area had been a 1990 earthquake measuring 6.4 on the scale. dpa jbp

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