Alert! Strong Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Warning For South Pacific Islands

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A massive earthquake has struck beneath the waters of the South Pacific and now the tsunami warning for the region is reported.

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What has happened 

New Caledonia and Vanuatu ordered coastal evacuations on Wednesday after a powerful 7.6 magnitude undersea earthquake triggered tsunami warnings in the South Pacific.

The quake was just 10 km (6 miles) deep and about 155 km (95 miles) east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.tsunami-alert-earthquake-caledonia-pics

Source: Reuters

Authorities in the French territory urged people to move to locations more than 300 meters (984 ft) away from the shore, and if possible, to sites higher than 12 meters (39 ft) above sea level.

“The good news is, we have had no injuries or damage,” said Oliver Ciry, a spokesman for New Caledonia’s directorate for civil protection and risk management, adding that abnormal movements of the sea off the east coast and around the Loyalty Islands had been spotted earlier.

Neighboring Vanuatu also issued an evacuation warning. New Zealand, for its part, quickly announced that its residents would face “no tsunami threat.”

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Source: facebook/Jean Jacques Brunet/Reuters

Production of nickel, New Caledonia’s dominant export, was briefly interrupted by the quake, however.

Eramet, the operator of the Doniambo nickel plant in the main harbor of Noumea, on the west coast, initiated its tsunami process, a spokesman for the French mining and metals group said.

“The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up,” he said, adding that he had felt the strong quake, although it did not cause prolonged shaking.


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