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A tsunami alert has been lifted after a magnitude 6.8 quake struck Wednesday off the coast of the Pacific island nation Vanuatu.

The earthquake was detected at a depth of 94 kilometers and was about 340 kilometers northwest of Port Vila, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The risk of dangerous tsunami waves "has now passed," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said after revising its initial assessment.

A resident of Vanuatu's largest island of Espiritu Santo, which lies near the epicenter, said he felt a "strong quake."

An AFP correspondent in the capital of Port Vila said people there could not feel any shaking.

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