A strong submarine earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit the area north of New Zealand on Wednesday. In this context, the authorities issued a tsunami warning for the surrounding regions. The AP agency informed about it with reference to the US Geological Survey USGS.
The quake hypocenter was located ten kilometers below the surface southeast of the New Caledonia archipelago. Concussions or tsunamis are not expected to cause damage or casualties, the AP writes.
The US Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and other Pacific islands.
Another underwater earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit an area about 217 kilometers south of the city of Bengkulu on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shortly before. The hypocenter of this earthquake was also about ten kilometers deep.
Both earthquakes occurred on the so-called The Circle of Fire – the most active geological zone on Earth, stretching from the west coast of North America through the Aleutians, Japan and Indonesia to New Zealand.
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