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Tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake rocks New Caledonia

21 November 2017, 01:00 | Colleen Roy

USGSIt is the second earthquake to rock New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Residents of Vanuatu and New Caledonia were told to brace for possible tsunamis, following a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster that struck 50 miles east of the Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific.

The quake struck this morning about 45 miles east of the Tadine, in the Loyalty Islands.

Notice of a possible tsunami has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

Rigault said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning.




The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month.

PTWC has warned of a "dangerous tsunami wave" that may occur on the coast, within 300 kilometer of the epicenter, the Loyalty Islands, with a population of more than 17,000. The Tsunami waves which observed by the Pacific Warning centre is as high as one metre above the high tide mark are forecast to hit New Caledonia.

Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries.



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