Tsunami scare for Vanuatu and New Caledonia

The 7.3 magnitude quake was centred 68km eat-northeast of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, at a depth of 25km.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 7.0 magnitude quake struck the Pacific near France's overseas territory in New Caledonia on Monday (11/20/2017).

The US Pacific tsunami warning centre issued an alert for "hazardous tsunami waves of 0.3m to one metre", but later announced that the danger period had "largely passed", The Guardian says. It was the second major tremor in the same area in just over 12 hours and the third in the past month.

Rigault said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning.

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It said waves were possible within 300 kms of the epicentre.

"Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the natural disaster is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand", it tweeted.

Authorities in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii said there were no tsunami threats to the coastlines of those countries. New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands.

  • Megan Austin