Natural disaster strikes off the coast of Australia near New Caledonia

Magnitude 7 earthquake off coast of Australia sparks tsunami warning

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of 10km.

A magnitude 7.0 natural disaster has struck near New Caledonia and Vanuatu, sparking warnings of hazardous tsunami waves.

A powerful 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

"Based on all available data, hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts".

New Caledonia is located in the " ring of fire", an area of tectonic around the Pacific, which gives rise to frequent tremors and volcanic eruptions.

Mr Rigault said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning.

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