Earthquake in New Caledonia: massive magnitude 6.8 hits strikes on the island near Australia | World | news


There were no reports of victims. The quake occurred at 12.23pm local time (02.23am BST). At present, there have been no reports of damage or any tsunami alarms.

The earthquake struck 179 km (111 miles) of Tadine eats in the Loyalty Islands.

Moreover, the earthquake struck a depth of 14 km (9 miles) confirmed the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The island is located between Australia and Fiji near the infamous Ring of Fire.

Last December the island was put into "immediate evacuation" following a tsunami warning.

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A surface magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the coast of the country causing danger warnings to residents.

There were fears that waves up to three meters high could hit New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The next day, the alarm was lifted for the 270,000 people on the island.

Last year's earthquake did not cause any damage to the island, in sharp contrast to Indonesia, where two deadly earthquakes struck at the end of the year.

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In September, a tsunami struck Sulawesi, killing nearly 5,000 people.

The devastating tsunami caused 206,000 displaced people.

Unlike New Caledonia, Indonesia is located in the heart of RINg of Fire.

Because of this, the country is constantly threatened by tsunamis and earthquakes.

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