World news – 7.5 Earthquake off Vanuatu, New Caledonian coast, tsunami warning

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According to the US Geological Survey, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific on Thursday, setting off a tsunami warning for New Zealand, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and other nations in the region.

The quake was loud USGS shortly after midnight on Thursday local time (Wednesday 1320 GMT) about 415 kilometers east of Vao, New Caledonia at a depth of 10 kilometers.

« Dangerous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours, » the said NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

For some coasts of Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu, waves between 0.3 and one meter above the tide level are possible.

Smaller waves have been forecast for other nations in the region, including Australia , Cook Islands, and American Samoa.

There were no initial reports of casualties or damage from the quake, originally recorded by USGS at a magnitude of 7.5 before revised to 7.7.

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