A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of completely new Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands from the South Pacific on Monday, sending modest tsunamis towards completely new Caledonia along with neighboring 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 epicenter, yet 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 completely new Caledonia. the item was the second major tremor from the same area in just over 12 hours along with the third from the past month.
“We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night along with today the item was quite a big one,” said Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, which is actually the closest landmass to the epicenter.
Rigault said there was no immediate damage, yet guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning.
modest tsunamis were detected along with waves may have reached up to one meter (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of completely new Caledonia along with smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said.
“Minor sea level fluctuations … may continue over the next few hours,” a statement through the agency said.
Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground.
completely new Caledonia’s civil security agency made no plans to evacuate coastal places immediately. Authorities in Australia, completely new Zealand along with Hawaii said there were no tsunami threats to the coastlines of those countries.