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06 Jan 2000 description

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

21 Dec 1999 description

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

10 Dec 1999 description

Summary: A Japan-US-Vanuatu-SOPAC International Team of scientists is scheduled to survey the recent Vanuatu earthquakes and tsunami mid-December.

09 Dec 1999 description

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

03 Dec 1999 description

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.

02 Dec 1999 description

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.

01 Dec 1999 description


30 Nov 1999 description

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

29 Nov 1999 description

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.

29 Nov 1999 description

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:

The immediate needs …

26 Nov 1999 description

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

AP-NY-11-26-99 1242EST

Copyright (c) 1999 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

26 Nov 1999 description

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


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.