Published on : Monday, November 20, 2017
The eastern coast of New Caledonia was hit by a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake with no immediate reports of damage so far. However, a tsunami warning has been issued.
According to the US Geological Survey shallow tremor had hit approximately 82 kilometres east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands.
An alert was issues by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center saying that the tsunami waves had high chances of affecting areas within a range of 300 kilometres (180 miles) that would be inclusive of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, whose capital is located 250 kilometres east of the epicenter.
The residents were nervous and felt several tremors throughout the night before the earthquake had struck.
An official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands said that he saw parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside.While a resident was afraid and rushed out of his building.
However, Geoscience Australia seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos mentioned that the damage in the capital was less likely to occur.
There might be moderate shaking but the chances of damage from the earthquake in Noumea was low.
No tsunami alert was issued by the local authorities as resident in Port Vila, Vanuatu told the AFP.
New Caledonia is subjected to frequent earthquake and volcanic eruptions being a part of the ‘Ring of Fire’ which is a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific.
The Loyalty islands area had been hit by a series of temblors over the past few weeks.A 6.8 magnitude quake had struck at the end of October.