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New Caledonia quake no threat to NZ

21 November 2017

An undersea quake of magnitude 7.0 has struck 82 kms east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands, prompting a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300km of the epicentre.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the tremor at 8:25 pm in the evening, or 9.25am 25 GMT, at a shallow depth of 13km (8 miles).

And the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of the possible hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia due to this quake.

"We are a little bit scared, we have had an natural disaster last night and today it was quite a big one", Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, told SBS News.

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There has been a cluster of quakes in the area between magitude 6.4 and 7 in the past 24 hours. However, no immediate casualties and damage have recorded. "Tsunami waves have been observed", the USGS said.

New Zealand officials say there is no tsunami threat.

New Caledonia's civil security agency made no plans to evacuate coastal places immediately.

New Caledonia quake no threat to NZ