A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean triggered a tsunami warning for the island of New Caledonia. Tsunami waves could quickly reach 10 feet (3 meters) at New Caledonia and Vanatua. Shallow earthquake shook about 95 miles southeast of the Loyalty Islands Wednesday afternoon, prompting the emergency notice.
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts within 1,000 kilometers [621 miles] of the earthquake epicenter, "the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center wrote on its site.
"If you do not have time to prepare your evacuation, get more than 300 meters [984 feet] more than 12 meters away from the coast [49 feet], "The directorate for Civil Protection and Risk Management of New Caledonia said Wednesday.
Tsunami waves, high in Fiji, and slightly less than .3 meters, or about a foot, for the following locations: American Samoa, Australia, Chuuk, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Howland and Baker, Japan, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kermadec Islands, Kiribati, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Island, Papua New Guinea, Pohnpei, Somoa , Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wake Island and Wallis and Futuna.
Tsunamis at minimal levels vary with slightly higher waves with minimal landfalls, and usually up to five minutes apart.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the initial tsunami waves could arrive between 4:42 p.m. UTC and 5:39 p.m. UTC but I warned that the wave of the wave could not be greater than that of the wave. most dangerous in the series.
New Zealand authorities quickly rescinded its tsunami warnings after seeing the threats were not vital to its coast.
There were no initial reports of immediate damage from the earthquake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the epicenter of the earthquake should cause no threat to the coasts, residents and residents of the area should still seek shelter and move to higher ground until the threat subsides.