New Caledonia quake no threat to NZ

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 7.0 quake in Pacific Basin

The quake, which the US Geological Survey originally said measured at a magnitude of 7.3, was centred 82 km east-northeast of Tadine on Mare Island at 10km deep.

However an alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "Hazardous tsunami waves from this natural disaster are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia".

An natural disaster of magnitude 7.0 has struck 82km east of the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia, the United States Geological Survey says. "Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Vanuatu", the USGS said.

The quake was felt in New Caledonian and surrounding islands and a hotel contacted on Lifou said there was no damage.

There is a chance that this could trigger hazardous waves within a 300km radius from the epicentre.

Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries.

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