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Tsunami waves spotted after natural disaster off New Caledonia

Tsunami waves spotted after natural disaster off New Caledonia”

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.

The depth of the quake is just 10 km (6.2 mi), meaning that is it prone to causing "hazardous tsunami waves" as forecast by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

"Tsunami waves reaching one to three metres above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu", the PTWC said, with waves of up to one metre possible for some coasts of Fiji.

"Hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, after earlier warning that the danger zone included "coasts located within 1000 kilometres of the natural disaster epicentre".

New Zealand officials issued a statement saying there was no tsumani threat to New Zealand.

New Caledonia is made up of a group of islands to the east of Australia.

"The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has assessed the information with the assistance of scientific advisors".

McGarry said he felt the quake where he is based in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, as a mild shaking.

Seismologists in Australia said they are monitoring the quake.

It sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the initial natural disaster and according to the US Geological Survey modelling, damage from the quake is expected to be minimal in terms of loss of life.



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