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2006-08-07 18:21:32

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of 6.7 magnitude hit 50 miles from the largest island of Vanuatu at 9:18 a.m. local time on August 8 (2218 GMT August 7), the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Monday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no Pacific Ocean-wide tsunami threat, even with their higher initial reading of a 7.0 magnitude. "However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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