By Gage Simpson, Owner Of New Frontier News
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the island of New Caledonia Wednesday prompting fears of a tsunami.
The 7.5 magnitude quake shook about 168 kilometers (104 miles) east of Tadine, a small town on the loyalty islands near New Caledonia, at about 10 kilometers (6 miles) of depth, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center sent out a warning of a tsunami in the southern Pacific Ocean.
New Caledonia and Vanuatu could see waves of 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) in height.
Fiji could see waves as high 1 meter (3 feet) in some places along its coast.\
Two aftershocks were recorded by USGS. One of the aftershocks had a magnitude of 5.9.
New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France with over 200,000 residents.
Staff writer. (December 2018). Tsunami alert after New Caledonia quake. BBC. The United Kingdom. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46450848
Staff writer. (December 2018). Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia. The Associated Press. The United States. https://www.apnews.com/385642518b0b4efc8c4902d33d97b8fe