Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tsunami warning for Vanuatu and New Caledonia after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

A tsunami warning has been issued for all of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, after a shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s coast, prompting warnings that hazardous tsunami waves of between one and three metres could reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
The earthquake was a shallow 10km (6 miles) deep and occurred about 155km (95 miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands, which are part of New Caledonia, a French territory, on Wednesday afternoon local time.
“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000km of the earthquake epicenter,” warned the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), saying waves could reach between one and three metres high.
Earthquakes are generally more destructive when the epicenter is near the surface.

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