Desk Report:: A powerful earthquake has struck New Caledonia, a region in the Pacific region of France. Its magnitude was 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck southeast of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands on Friday (May 19).
Meanwhile, after this earthquake of 7.7 magnitude, tsunami warning has been issued in the countries of the South Pacific region. Reuters reported this information in a report on Friday.
A potential tsunami warning has been issued for Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, on the other hand, said there was a tsunami threat to Lord Howe Island on its east coast.
Friday’s earthquake struck at a depth of about 38 kilometers (24 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
New Zealand said it was still assessing whether the quake posed a tsunami threat to its coast.
In a separate report, the AP news agency said there was a tsunami threat in Vanuatu after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the far Pacific Ocean on Friday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves could reach over 1 meter (3 feet) in Vanuatu, much lower than initial forecasts.
New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency said they were still assessing the potential for a tsunami.
PTWC said waves of up to 1.3 meters (0.3) feet, or 1 foot, could occur in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Guam and other Pacific islands.
The epicenter was southwest of Fiji, north of New Zealand and east of Australia. And this is basically where the Coral Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.
In a separate report, US media CNN reported that the US National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for the coast located within 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) between Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
On the other hand, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said in a tweet that there is currently no danger of a tsunami in Hawaii due to the earthquake.
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