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New Caledonia quake no threat to NZ

Nov 21, 2017, 00:56
New Caledonia quake no threat to NZ

The warning comes just one day after magnitude 6.4 quake struck in the Pacific Ocean, 74km east of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia.

And the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of the possible hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia due to this quake.

The quake struck this morning about 45 miles east of the Tadine, in the Loyalty Islands.

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There was no immediate news on damage or casualties.

By midnight (7pm EST) the PTWC said in a statement the tsunami threat had "largely passed", instructing to follow local authorities' instruction as "minor sea fluctuations may continue over the next few hours".

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

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"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 [0.9 feet] to 1 meters [3.2 feet] above the tide level are possible for some coasts of New Caledonia".

The alert stated that "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300km of the epicenter, reported Dailymail.

Civil Defence says there is no current tsunami threat to New Zealand.

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

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