Tsunami Warning Issued After Massive Pacific Quake

7.5-magnitude quake struck near New Caledonia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2018 12:27 AM CST
Massive 7.5 Quake Strikes in Pacific
This US Geological Survey map shows the location of the earthquake and several strong aftershocks.   (USGS)

A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands, the AP reports. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 3 and 10 feet were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while waves of up to 3 feet were possible in Fiji. The warning center said there was no threat to Hawaii. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck about 104 miles east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of six miles. Earthquakes are generally more destructive when the epicenter is near the surface. At least five aftershocks also hit, ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.0. (More earthquake stories.)

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