An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 has struck close to New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey says. It was followed by a 6.8 earthquake.
The epicentre was located 117.5 km east of the town of Tadine, on Maré Island.
Maré Island is the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island is part of the commune of Maré, in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia.
The quake, which was at a shallow depth of 15 km below the seabed, did not trigger a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii and the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.
The earthquake was 181 from the popular cruise ship port of Nouméa, New Caledonia. Cruise ships which normally call at at Nouméa are Explorer of the Seas, Norwegian Jewel, Voyager of the Seas, Noordam, Maasdam and Celebrity Solstice.
Direction data (below) indicate the position of the event relative to the place.
- Tadine, New Caledonia 137.2 km (85.3 mi) E – Population: 7,492
- Wé, New Caledonia 217.4 km (135.1 mi) ESE – Population: 10,375
- Mont-Dore, New Caledonia 280.4 km (174.3 mi) ENE – Population: 24,680
- Dumbéa, New Caledonia 289.6 km (180.0 mi) ENE – Population: 19,346
- Nouméa, New Caledonia – 291.7 km (181.3 mi) ENE – Population: 93,060
Video: 7.0 Earthquake near New Caledonia