Tsunami warning issued after 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes in South Pacific

Earthquake New Caledonia Credit USGS

A 7.5-magnitude natural disaster shook off the coast of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, prompting warnings that tsunami waves of up to three metres can reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu. PTWC said the threat of a tsunami had passed.

The quake struck at 06:43 GMT at a depth of 10 kilometres some 192 kilometres east-southeast of Tadine in New Caledonia, an overseas French territory north of New Zealand.

"There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the 7.6 magnitude natural disaster southeast of Loyalty Islands", it stated.

The New Caledonian high commission issued a tsunami warning for all of New Caledonia, ordering the "immediate evacuation" of people to refuge areas and the "application of safety instructions".

The PTWC said although the epicenter of the natural disaster should cause no imminent threat to the nearby coasts, residents and tourists of those area should still seek shelter and move to higher ground until the threat subsides.

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More than 20 Pacific islands and countries, including Hawaii and New Zealand, could also register a slight increase in wave height, authorities said.

"Tsunami waves reaching one to three metres above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu", the PTWC said, with waves of up to one metre possible for some coasts of Fiji.

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Basile Citre, a municipal official on the Loyalty Island of Mare, said the situation there was so far under control.

Tsunami waves were recorded moving out from the epicentre, prompting people to flee to high ground.

"The building shook, but there was no damage".

The Loyalty Islands are part of New Caledonia, found to the northwest of New Zealand.

The natural disaster had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and rattled the area just after 8 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey. "For now, nothing serious has happened".

The epicentre was some 300 kilometres east of Noumea.

Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent.

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