Oceania – New Caledonia: Tsunami alert issued following earthquake

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The US Geological Survey said the quake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, was 279 km southeast of Tadin Island. A “dangerous wave” has been warned.

The USGS said the quake struck at 4:44 pm (local time) at a depth of 10 km.

The USGS said the quake struck at 4:44 pm (local time) at a depth of 10 km.

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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook eastern New Caledonia on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). According to the USGS, the quake struck at 4:44 pm local time (7:44 am in Switzerland) at a depth of 10 km 279 km southeast of New Caledonia.

The US National Weather Service has warned of “dangerous tsunami waves” off the coast of the Pacific Ocean 300 kilometers from the epicenter. The waves are expected to be less than 0.3 meters above sea level off the coasts of Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia, he said.

The USGS warned that “people in (…) threatened areas should be careful with their information and follow the instructions of national and local authorities.”

(AFP)

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