7.6 quake hits near New Caledonia, hazardous tsunami waves possible

The quake was just 10 km deep and about 155 km east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands

New Caledonia's civil defence has ordered an immediate evacuation after the large natural disaster.

As many as nine aftershocks have been recorded since the natural disaster, the largest measuring 7.0 magnitude.

It added: "Tsunami waves reaching one to three metres above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu".

The warning centre said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Tsunami warnings are in place for Vanuatu and New Caledonia, after a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster struck in the region this afternoon.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warns that three-metre high tsunami waves are possible on some coasts along Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

The PTWC issued tsunami wave warnings for Anatom Island and Esperitu Santo in Vanuatu and Noumea in New Caledonia.

The quake https://tmsnrt.rs/2QdrtkL of magnitude 7.6, which struck east of New Caledonia, was just 10 km (6 miles) deep and about 155 km (95 miles) east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

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The quake struck some 168.2 km (104.5 mi) from the small town of Tadine of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, has a population of about 259,000.

New Zealand, for its part, quickly announced that its residents would face "no tsunami threat".

This advisory has been issued to all local Civil Defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media.

The French territory, comprising of dozens of islands, is around 1,500 miles north of New Zealand.

He said: "The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up", he said.

It lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped band of volcanoes and fault zones stretching from Alaska around the Pacific to Russian Federation.

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