7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off coasts of Vanuatu, New Caledonia: USGS


SYDNEY, Feb 10, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off
the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia on Thursday, the US Geological Survey
said, sparking a tsunami warning for surrounding nations.

The quake struck at just after midnight on Thursday local time (1320
GMT) about 415 kilometres east of Vao in New Caledonia at a depth of 10
kilometres, according to USGS.

“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the
next three hours,” the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.