Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Occurs off New Caledonia Coast

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of New Caledonia, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The quake occurred at a depth of about 22 miles (36 kilometers) at 01:51 GMT on Saturday, about 261 miles northwest of New Caledonia’s capital of Noumea, USGS said. It had originally registered at a magnitude 7.4 before being downgraded to a 7.1.

A single magnitude 6.5 aftershock was recorded nearly 20 minutes after the initial quake.

Monitors have warned that tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 300 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter.

At present, there have been no reports of any damage or casualties.

Earthquake seismograph diagram - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.05.2023

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