Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tsunami Warning After Massive Earthquake Near Vanuatu And New Caledonia

Tsunami Warning After Massive Earthquake Near Vanuatu And New Caledonia

New Zealand officials say there is no tsunami threat to the country following a 7.3-magnitude quake near New Caledonia.

New Zealand officials say there is no tsunami threat.

The numbers have been revised by USGS from earlier reports, which placed the epicenter 68 km from Tadine and 25 km deep, and reported its magnitude as 7.3.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible along the coastlines of New Caledonia and nearby Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. However, after an hour they were advised to resume normal activities but to remain vigilant for aftershocks.

Pierre Lebellegard, a seismologist for the French Research Institute for Development, told AFP the Loyalty Islands had been seismically active for the past three weeks.

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Last month the same region was hit with a 6.8 magnitude natural disaster.

"I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building", said a resident of central Noumea.

A 6.4 magnitude quake hit the area on Sunday at 8.25pm, followed by a 6.6 shock at 2.09am and a 5.9 shock at 3.08am.

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The quake was felt in New Caledonian and surrounding islands and a hotel contacted on Lifou said there was no damage.

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