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Quake of 7.0 Magnitude Hits Pacific Off New Caledonia, Tsunami Possible

Quake of 7.0 Magnitude Hits Pacific Off New Caledonia, Tsunami Possibleā€

The Tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) for New Caledonia and Vanuatu islands.

Two small waves have been detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu following a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster that struck east of the Loyalty Islands.

It is the second quake to strike near New Caledonia in a month. It was the second major tremor in the same area in just over 12 hours and the third in the past month.

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There was no immediate news on damage or casualties.

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

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

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However, the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management says that their initial assessment indicates there is "no tsunami threat" there in the wake of the quake.

According to reports, evacuation orders for the coastal regions have not been issued yet.

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

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