Tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake rocks New Caledonia

Pacific earthquake. Graphic AFP

A powerful quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Australia, on Monday, triggering Tsunami alert.

Notice of a possible tsunami has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

The numbers have been revised by USGS from earlier reports, which placed the epicenter 68 km from Tadine and 25 km deep, and reported its magnitude as 7.3.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has now issued a warning for people in the surrounding areas, including Australia.

There was no immediate news on damage or casualties.

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Monday s natural disaster followed a series of temblors to hit the Loyalty Islands area over the past few weeks, including a 6.8-magnitude quake that struck at the end of October.

A powerful magnitude 7 natural disaster near the French territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific has triggered a tsunami warning.

There has been a cluster of quakes in the area between magnitude 6.4 and 7 in the past 24 hours.

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.

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