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21 November 2017, 12:58 | Katrina Lee
Tsunami alert after big quake hits near New Caledonia
A powerful magnitude 7.3 undersea natural disaster struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.
The quake was centered 82 kilometer northeast of Tadine on Mare Island, which has more than 5,600 inhabitants.
The Pacific Tsunami Centre said hazardous waves were possible within 300km of the area.
The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, is the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. However, no immediate casualties and damage have recorded. At the time of agency said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia perhaps, the danger had largely passed away.
Although the Australia and New Zealand authorities said there were no tsunami threats to any of these countries. New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands.
According to reports, evacuation orders for the coastal regions have not been issued yet.
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