March 24, 2018

Tsunami Scare After Powerful Earthquake Rattles Tiny Pacific Islands

21 November 2017, 12:58 | Simon Arnold

The US Geological Survey said the shallow tremor hit approximately 82km to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands

The US Geological Survey said the shallow tremor hit approximately 82km to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands

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 Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves as high as one metre above the high-tide mark are forecast to hit New Caledonia and smaller waves are expected in Vanuatu.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands at 9.43am local time (10.43pm GMT). However, no immediate casualties and damage have recorded.

The PTWC has warned of "hazardous tsunami waves" possible for coasts within 300 km of the epicenter, which puts the Loyalty Islands archipelago, with a population of over 17,000, within range.

"Minor sea level fluctuations.may continue over the next few hours", a statement from the agency said.

Update: 12:51PM THERE is a tsunami watch for coastal low lying areas of Fiji after a major natural disaster occurred in New Caledonia at 11:44 am today. New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands.

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