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Tsunami warning lifted after big quake near New Caledonia

Thursday 31 March 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Caledonia, Regional

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Tsunami warning lifted after big quake near New Caledonia
Photo: US Geological Survey

A tsunami warning issued for Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu after an earthquake struck south-east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands yesterday has been lifted.

The magnitude 7.0 quake, which had initially been put at 7.2, was at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It occurred about 5pm New Caledonia time and followed a 6.9 magnitude quake, also at the depth of 10 kilometres, 279km southeast of the Loyalty Islands about 8am.

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred an hour and a half after that.

At the time of impact of the 7.0 shake, the US Geological Survey issued a tsunami warning for the coasts of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. However updated information forecasts waves to be less than 0.3 metres above the tide level.