Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says tsunami waves have been spotted following the earthquake

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says tsunami waves have been spotted following the earthquake

New Caledonia's civil defence has ordered an immediate evacuation after the large quake.

New Caledonia is part of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", where many earthquakes occur.

The PTWC said tsunami waves of between one and three metres were possible, while waves of up to one metre were possible in Fiji.

Nearly three hours after the quake, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported the threat stemming from the initial quake "has now passed".

The New Caledonian high commission issued a tsunami warning for all of New Caledonia, ordering the "immediate evacuation" of people to refuge areas and the "application of safety instructions".

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says hazardous tsunami waves are possible for some Pacific coastlines.

No #tsunami threat to Australia from mag. 7.5 #earthquake near southeast of Loyalty Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is cautioning that the magnitude 7.6 quake, which struck Wednesday afternoon local time, could pose risks for Vanuatu and the nearby island chain of New Caledonia.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 168 kilometres east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

An earlier quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale struck just four minutes earlier.

New Caledonia, with a population of 269,000 people, is a French Pacific territory.

The New Zealand government's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management also said there is no tsunami risk to their country.

The French territory, comprising of dozens of islands, is around 1,500 miles north of New Zealand.

"The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up", he said, adding that he had felt the strong quake, although it did not cause prolonged shaking.

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