• Reuters


A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami toward New Caledonia and neighboring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicenter, saying wave heights would vary depending on coastlines and that the initial waves may not be the largest.

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