Tsunami possible after 7.0 quake strikes near France's New Caledonia


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster struck the Pacific near France's overseas territory in New Caledonia on Monday (11/20/2017). It was the second major tremor in the same area in just over 12 hours and the third in the past month.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre, but later said the danger had largely passed.

The quake hit at 11:43am (NZT) at a depth of 25km close to the Loyalty Islands, near New Caledonia, according to the US Geological Service (USGS). "Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Vanuatu", the USGS said.

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Local NCI broadcaster reported the evacuation was ordered for coastal areas in New Caledonia and the southern provinces of the Vanuatu archipelago, located north of the epicenter.

It's not yet known how strongly the quake was felt in New Caledonian and surrounding islands or whether there has been any damage.