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New Caledonia hits with quake of 7.0 magnitude, triggers tsunami warnings

New Caledonia hits with quake of 7.0 magnitude, triggers tsunami warnings”

And the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of the possible hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia due to this natural disaster.

An undersea natural disaster of magnitude 7.0 has struck 82 kms east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands, prompting a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300km of the epicentre.

The quake hit at 11:43am (NZT) at a depth of 25km close to the Loyalty Islands, near New Caledonia, according to the US Geological Service (USGS).

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

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There was no immediate news on damage or casualties.

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.

"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 metres above the tide level are possible for some coasts of New Caledonia". New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands.



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