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New Caledonia quake: Tsunami threat 'largely passed'

05 December 2018, 11:24 | Darnell Patrick

Lagoons and Reefs of New Caledonia NASA GSFC Landsat Wikimedia Commons

Lagoons and Reefs of New Caledonia   NASA  GSFC  Landsat  Wikimedia Commons

"Based on the preliminary quake parameters" the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, "hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1000 kilometres of the natural disaster epicentre".

Mr Rene said a tsunami warning was issued for the whole country but was later rescinded for the capital.

The epicenter of the quake was some 300 kilometers east of the capital of New Caledonia, Noumea, but such was the force of the shock that experts said small tsunami waves might be detectable as far away as Antarctica and Russian Federation.

A 6.6 magnitude aftershock has struck off New Caledonia, as the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management says there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the first magnitude 7.6 quake southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Tsunami waves were observed at Maré Island in New Caledonia and Lenakel in Vanuatu.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 168 kilometers (104 miles) east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

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Two strong quakes struck the territory - the second one being more powerful.

"Reports from the area confirm that the strength of the tsunami has fallen significantly and there is no longer a major risk for the population", said a spokesman for the civil defence department.

A spokesperson for French mining and metals group Eramet, which runs the Doniambo nickel plant in the main harbour of Noumea, said the company had activated its tsunami alert process.

No damage was immediately reported, according to Vincent Lepley, crisis co-ordinator for the Red Cross in New Caledonia.

Those living in threatened coastal areas were warned to "stay alert for information".

Last month, the territory's 280,000 residents voted in a referendum to remain part of France.



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