Tsunami risk after powerful 7.5 natural disaster strikes Pacific Ocean

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake near Loyalty Islands, no tsunami threat to New Zealand

New Caledonia has been rocked by a massive magnitude 7.6 natural disaster on Wednesday, sparking a tsunami alert and evacuations.

"The national authorities will determine the appropriate level of alert for each country", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

The quake struck just over 100 miles east southeast of Tadine, New Caledonia.

Local authorities in New Caledonia ordered residents to evacuate coastal zones on the eastern edge of the archipelago, including the Loyalty Islands and the island of Ile des Pins.

There were no initial reports of immediate damage from the natural disaster.

The quake - magnitude 7.6 - struck off the Pacific Ring of Fire territory on Wednesday.

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"Reports from the area confirm that the strength of the tsunami has fallen significantly and there is no longer a major risk for the population", said a spokesman for the civil defence department.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 10km at 5.18pm New Zealand Time.

"Hazardous tsunami waves from this natural disaster are possible within 1000 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The PTWC said hazardous waves below 30cm were possible right across the Pacific, including in Australia, China, Columbia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, PNG and New Zealand.

Basile Citre, a municipal official on Mare, one of the Loyalty Islands, said the situation there was so far under control.

"The building shook, but there was no damage".

At least five aftershocks also hit, ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.0. Waves of up 1m were possible in Fiji. "For now, nothing serious has happened".

The tsunami waves were observed at Maré Island in New Caledonia and Lenakel in Vanuatu.

Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent.

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