M7.0 natural disaster strikes off New Caledonia, tsunamis observed

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The Seismology Unit of Fiji's Mineral Resources department with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported that the 7.0 magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10km.

Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries.

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.

According to reports, evacuation orders for the coastal regions have not been issued yet.

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Last month the same region was hit with a 6.8 magnitude natural disaster.

"Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside", one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP.

"They will feel moderate shaking, but there is a low likelihood of damage from the quake itself in Noumea", he told AFP.

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month.

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