Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7 undersea quake strikes near New Caledonia

Frederick Owens
November 20, 2017

Officials at NOAA and the National Weather service say Vanuatu and New Caledonia could experience potential tsunami impacts.

An natural disaster has hit near New Caledonia, with warnings following that a tsunami may strike along Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

There have been no immediate reports of damage.

The PTWC has warned of "hazardous tsunami waves" possible for coasts within 300 km of the epicenter, which puts the Loyalty Islands archipelago, with a population of over 17,000, within range.

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Sirens sounded briefly along coastal areas of the Loyalty Islands with some residents told to evacuate.

He added that such quake clusters "happen every 10 to 15 years" in the area.

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month.

Update: 12:51PM THERE is a tsunami watch for coastal low lying areas of Fiji after a major quake occurred in New Caledonia at 11:44 am today.

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