The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued tsunami warnings for the coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Wednesday in the South Pacific.
The quake struck 168 kilometers east-southeast of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands, part of France’s New Caledonia territory, at a depth of 10 km at 3:18 p.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Four minutes earlier, a magnitude 6 temblor was registered 155 km east-southeast of Tadine, also at a depth of 10 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised that hazardous tsunami waves within 1,000 km from the epicenter of the larger quake were possible.
All — Kyodo News+