| GEO World|
| 6.0-magnitude quake hits Santa Cruz islands: USGS|
| Updated at: 2204 PST, Friday, October 23, 2009|
SYDNEY: A 6.0-magnitude quake hit the Santa Cruz islands in the South Pacific on Saturday, US seismologists said, but there was no immediate warning of a tsunami.
The quake struck at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) almost 390 kilometres north-northwest of Luganville on the island of Santo, part of the Vanuatu archipelago, at 2:14 am (1514 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said.
No tsunami warning was immediately issued as a result of the tremor, which followed a series of huge quakes last week that triggered a region-wide tsunami alert.
The Pacific is still recovering from an 8.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami that crashed into Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga on September 29, wiping out villages and resorts and killing 184 people.