Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake - http://thematterofinformation.com |November 20, 2017 1:11 am
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending smalltsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre, but later said the danger had largely passed.
Monday’s quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck at a shallow depth of 10 km (six miles) about 82 kms (51 miles) east of New Caledonia. It was the second major tremor in the same area in just over 12 hours and the third in the past month.
“We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one,” said Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, which is the closest landmass to the epicentre.
Rigault said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning.
“Minor sea level fluctuations…may continue over the next few hours,” a statement from the agency said.
New Caledonia’s civil security agency made no plans to evacuate coastal places immediately.
Authorities in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii said there were no tsunami threats to the coastlines of those countries.
Reporting by Tom Westbrook and Jonathan Barrett. Additional reporting by Byron Kaye and Charlotte Greenfield. Writing by Jane Wardell; Editing by Richard Pullin and Michael Perry