Earthquake, tsunami hit Pacific Islands: Why was it barely noticeable?

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit the Pacific Ocean between the island nations Vanuatu and New Caledonia on Friday. An initial tsunami warning was issued for those islands and Fiji, but it was later rescinded by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center because the resulting tsunami only brought normal sized waves curling toward the shore.

This was a fortunate turn of events considering that both islands lie along the “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped area running around nearly the entire Pacific Ocean, from the Pacific Islands up to East Asia, around to North America and down to South America. The region got its name because there are frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur in this area.

However, given the characteristics of the earthquake, it is surprising that it triggered a tsunami at all, even a small one. READ MORE.