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Tsunami Warning After Massive Earthquake Near Vanuatu And New Caledonia

Tsunami Warning After Massive Earthquake Near Vanuatu And New Caledonia

A magnitude-7.0 quake struck Monday off the coast of New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific Ocean, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible along the coastlines of New Caledonia and nearby Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

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.

There was no immediate news on damage or casualties.

Map locating the epicentre of a 7.0-magnitude quake that struck off New Caledonia
Tsunami alert after big quake hits near New Caledonia

Waves up to one meter higher than the high tide marks are estimated to occur in New Caledonia, with actual altitudes varying depending on the shoreline. The center said small tsunami waves had been observed, and could reach up to three feet along part of the New Caledonian coast and up to one foot along the coast in Vanuatu.

New Zealand officials say there is no tsunami threat.

In the following, the National Disaster Management Office advised the people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground.

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