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WorldTsunami waves spotted after earthquake off New Caledonia

03:45  06 december  2018
03:45  06 december  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

Tsunami warnings for Vanuatu, New Caledonia after magnitude-7.5 earthquake

Tsunami warnings for Vanuatu, New Caledonia after magnitude-7.5 earthquake Three-metre waves could hit the coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu after a powerful earthquake strikes at a depth of about 10 kilometres.

Image: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves were spotted following the earthquake .

"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 1,000 km (600 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia ," the PTWC said. Read more: Climate-induced sea-level rise to worsen tsunami impacts. Authorities in New Zealand also issued a tsunami

Tsunami waves spotted after earthquake off New Caledonia© Other The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says tsunami waves have been spotted following the earthquake An evacuation order was issued in New Caledonia in the South Pacific after tsunami waves were spotted after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves of between one and three meters were possible along some coasts of the island and Vanuatu, while waves of up to one metre were possible in Fiji.

People on the east coast were told to retreat at least 300m from the shore by the New Caledonia civil defence and to get to the ground at least 12m above sea level.

However, there were no initial reports of any major damage and experts say the threat has now passed. Judith Rostain, a journalist based in New Caledonia's capital Noumea, said there was no damage to the city and that the threat of a tsunami appeared to have passed.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands. A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsu The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 1 and 3 meters (3 and 10 feet) were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while waves of up to 1 meter (3 feet) were possible in Fiji. The warning center said there was no threat to Hawaii.

Tsunami waves have been observed after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook the south Pacific in the early hours Wednesday. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii, waves one to three meters (3 - 10 feet) above the tide level could strike the coasts of New Caledonia and

Tsunami waves have been observed after the quake , the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports. The quake was centered 82 km (51 Evacuations were ordered for coastal areas in New Caledonia , local broadcaster NCI reports, and also advised for the southern provinces of the island

Tsunami waves spotted after earthquake off New Caledonia© Getty File: Palm trees on Borara beach under a stormy sky, New Caledonia She said the situation remained unclear on the east coast and outer islands. In Vanuatu, it was reported that the waves only travelled only travelled a couple of metres beyond the normal tidal waves.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck about 104 miles east of Tadine at a shallow depth of six miles, followed by at least five aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.0.

Earthquakes generally have more destructive potential when the epicentre is near the surface and New Caledonia also sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

The French territory, comprising of dozens of islands, is around 1,500 miles north of New Zealand.



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