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Magnitude 7.0 quake hits off New Caledonia

Magnitude 7.0 quake hits off New Caledonia

A powerful natural disaster measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Australia, on Monday, triggering Tsunami alert.

The quake, measured at 7.3, was centered 42 miles east-northeast of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, at a depth of 15.5 miles (25 km), the USGS said.

And the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of the possible hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia due to this natural disaster.

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The quake was initially recorded as 6.6 magnitude, but is now being reported as 6.4.

There was no immediate news on damage or casualties. New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands. The center said small tsunami waves had been observed, and could reach up to three feet along part of the New Caledonian coast and up to one foot along the coast in Vanuatu. "Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Vanuatu", the USGS said.

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

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