Quake of magnitude 7 strikes near New Caledonia: USGS

20 November, 2017, 05:20 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • New Caledonia

A powerful magnitude 7 undersea natural disaster struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.

The tremor took place at 25 km depth and approximately 85 kilometres east of the coast of the Loyalty Islands, which constitute one of the three provinces of New Caledonia.

A magnitude 7.0 natural disaster has struck near New Caledonia and Vanuatu, sparking warnings of hazardous tsunami waves.

"Tsunami waves have been observed", the agency said.




"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 metres above the tide level are possible for some coasts of New Caledonia".

The alert stated that "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300km of the epicenter, reported Dailymail.

"Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the natural disaster is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand", it tweeted.

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