Earthquake Watch: 6.9 quake hits New Caledonia

Posted on March 3, 2012

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A STRONG 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit off the Loyalty Islands in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia late today but there was no tsunami alert, seismologists said.

The quake struck 261 kilometres (162 miles) east-southeast of the town of Tadine on the island of Mare at 11:19 pm local time at a relatively shallow depth of 15 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

Geoscience Australia gave it an initial magnitude of 6.7 at a depth of 46 kilometres and estimated that it was unlikely to have caused damage.

There was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami from the tremor, which hit about 400 kilometres east of the New Caledonian capital Noumea, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

HS

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