Magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hits off New Caledonia

Lucy Bush
November 21, 2017

A tsunami warning was issued after a powerful 7.0 magnitude undersea natural disaster struck the Pacific near the French territory of New Caledonia and neighbouring Pacific state of Vanuatu.

It struck at a shallow depth of 10km, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre to issue a hazardous tsunami warning.

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It's not yet known how strongly the quake was felt in New Caledonian and surrounding islands or whether there has been any damage. "Tsunami waves have been observed", the USGS said.

"Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations at risk", the PTWC said in an alert.

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

New Caledonia is part of the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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PTWC is now issuing the latest message saying that the tsunami threat has passed.

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