Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Strong quake off New Caledonia

Strong quake off New Caledonia

The powerful quake hit in the Pacific Ocean, just east of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The Pacific Tsunami Centre warns of "possible" hazardous waves within 300 kilometres of the epicentre.

The quake struck the Loyalty Islands on Monday about 11.45am (NZT) at a depth of about 25km.

"We are a little bit scared, we have had an natural disaster last night and today it was quite a big one", said Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, told Reuters. However, no immediate casualties and damage have recorded.

New Caledonia's civil security agency made no plans to evacuate coastal places immediately.

"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 metres above the tide level are possible for some coasts of New Caledonia". At the time of agency said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia perhaps, the danger had largely passed away.

Australia and New Zealand do not face any tsunami threats, authorities say.

According to reports, evacuation orders for the coastal regions have not been issued yet.

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