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7.0-Richther Scale Earthquake Hits New Caledonia France, Potential for Tsunami

7.0-Richther Scale Earthquake Hits New Caledonia France, Potential for Tsunami”

The Seismology Unit of Fiji's Mineral Resources department with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported that the 7.0 magnitude natural disaster occurred at a depth of 10km.

The quake was centered 82 kilometer northeast of Tadine on Mare Island, which has more than 5,600 inhabitants.

The tremor hit at a depth 25 kilometres some 85 kilometres to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands, initial data from the survey said. 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.

There is a chance that this could trigger hazardous waves within a 300km radius from the epicentre.

Civil Defence says there is no current tsunami threat to New Zealand.

"Minor sea level fluctuations.may continue over the next few hours", a statement from the agency said.

Local NCI broadcaster reported the evacuation was ordered for coastal areas in New Caledonia and the southern provinces of the Vanuatu archipelago, located north of the epicenter.



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