Major 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Islands in South Pacific

(AFP) — A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey said Friday, but there was no tsunami warning in effect.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which hit at 3.16 am (1616 GMT Thursday) at a shallow depth of 7.2 kilometres (4.5 miles), 125 kilometres (77 miles) northeast of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, and 135 kilometres southwest of Vanuatu.

The Pacific tsunami Warning Center said there was no warnings or advisories in effect following the latest quake.

The area has been hit by a series of powerful earthquakes and aftershocks following a 7.3-magnitude quake which struck near Vanuatu on December 26 last year.

Thursday, January 13 05:10 pm

Source: AFP

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