National Tsunami Warning Center, NOAA/NWS

TSUNAMI of 2 January 2002

A major earthquake with a surface wave magnitude of 7.4 occurred at 1723 UTC 2 January 2002 and was located near the Vanuatu Islands (17.7S 168.0E, 33km depth).

The earthquake produced a tsunami that was recorded at Port Vila, Vanuatu (operated by the National Tidal Facility of the Flinders University of South Australia). The maxiimum peak-to-trough wave height can be seen from the graphic to be approximately 70 cm.

Port Vila, Vanuatu Tide Gauge
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