Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — 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 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 U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about
104 miles east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of 6
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.

New Caledonia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of
seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s
earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

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Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia