A thorough and powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific,…
A thorough and powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, according to seismologists, which led to a tsunami alert and evacuations on the Pacific, the authorities said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on Wednesday that the tsunamis had been “observed” in the region but did not say where.
New Caledonia residents received text messages that led them to immediately go to shelves, with waves up to three meters possible, according to
But people in New Caledonia and near Vanuatu said they did not feel the chess, according to AFP’s news agency, while tsunami warning sires were not immediately activated in Vanuatu.
“Dangerous tsunami bells are forecasted for some beaches,” said the warning center after warning that the risk zone included “beaches within 1
000 km of the earthquake center”.
Undersea animals were only 10 km deep and about 155 km east-southeast of the Loyal Islands off the east coast of New Caledonia. Earthquakes are generally more destructive when the epicenter is near the surface.
The epicenter was about 300 kilometers east of Noumea
There were no immediate reports of damage from the earthquake.
A spokesman for the French mining and metals region Eramet, which runs the Doniambo nickel mill in Noumea’s main port, said the company had activated its tsunami warning process.
“The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up.
The spokesman said he had known the earthquake and described it a strong but not long-lasting shake.
New Caledonia, a coast of islands home to around 270,000 people, is a unique collection of France.
] It sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the arch of seismic bugs around the Pacific Ocean where most of the earthquakes and volcanic activity in the world occur.
The The US Geological Survey originally gave the earthquake as 7.6, before revising the departments anything.