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Tsunami Warning Issued As Another 7.1 Earthquake Rocks East Of New Caledonia

Tsunami Warning Issued As Another 7.1 Earthquake Rocks East Of New Caledonia

Another 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked east of New Caledonia on Saturday in the Pacific Ocean, the US Geological survey said.

However this comes a day after a major quake of magnitude 7.7 hit the same area. This epicentre was located at a 35 kilometre depth and was at nearly 300 kilometres east of the New Caledonia archipelago according to USGS.

Meanwhile the pacific Tsunami warning centre stated in its most recent bulletin that any tsunami waves are anticipated to be smaller than 0.3 meters in height.

A tsunami warning was issued for coasts within 300 kilometres of the epicentre and it was reported that the waves may reach the pacific islands of Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Futuna, and Wallis.

Tsunami warnings were also issued to countries in the South Pacific on Friday following a 7.7 quake southeast of the loyalty islands in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

Consequently the same magnitude of earthquake occurred in the same region on Friday caused inhabitants to flee to higher grounds out of fear of colossal waves meanwhile hours later the Tsunami warning was cancelled.

The National Disaster Management Office of Vanatu recommended residents to flee the coastal regions and climb to higher elevations as quickly as possible.

Authorities advised citizens to tune in to their radios for updates and additional warnings were extended not only Vanuatu residents but also to residents in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea.

The National Emergency Management Agency of New Zealand predicts that the country’s coastal regions may also see heavy waves.

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