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Tsunami Warning After Massive Earthquake Near Vanuatu And New Caledonia

21 November 2017, 01:00 | Floyd Cook

Tsunami alert after big quake hits near New Caledonia

BREAKING: Massive 7.3 earthquake sparks TSUNAMI warning in Australia

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

Officials at NOAA and the National Weather service say Vanuatu and New Caledonia could experience potential tsunami impacts.

Two small waves have been detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu following a 7.0 magnitude quake that struck east of the Loyalty Islands. The epicenter was 10 kilometer away.

The centre warned of "hazardous tsunami waves" for coasts within 300 kilometres of the epicentre. The institution then issued a message saying that the tsunami wave "has been monitored". The waves were about 40 centimetres high.

BREAKING: Massive 7.3 earthquake sparks TSUNAMI warning in Australia

The natural disaster was one of the strongest in a series of recent earthquakes in the active seismic region, where the USGS reports more than 120 shallow earthquakes of varying magnitudes since late October.

"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 tsunami wave has not been detected before.

NZ Civil Defence says there is no tsunami threat.

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