New Caledonia and Vanuatu have been warned of potential tsunamis as high as nearly ten feet above tide level after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the region on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the US National Tsunami Centre, the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres 155 kilometres south-east of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands just after 3pm.
“Tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu,” The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said, adding that waves of up to one metre could hit parts of Fiji.
There have been no immediate reports of any damage from the undersea quake.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for French mining and metals group Eramet, said the firm’s tsunami alert process had been enacted.
“The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up,” said the spokesman, who felt the strong but quick tremors.
Australia is not expected to be hit by any threatening waves.
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