A POWERFUL 7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the east coast of New Caledonia sparking a tsunami alert.
The quake hit about 82km east of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 10km, around 10.00am local time.
According to GeoScience Australia, the quake could have been felt by people up to 1523km away and could have caused damage up to 122km away.
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a Tsunami alert shortly after, stating tsunami waves had been detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia”.
“Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk.”
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed there was no Tsunami threat to Australia.
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) November 19, 2017