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7.5 Earthquake Off Vanuatu, New Caledonia Coasts, Tsunami Warning Sounded

7.5 Earthquake Off Vanuatu, New Caledonia Coasts, Tsunami Warning Sounded

The quake struck at just after midnight on Thursday local time (1320 GMT) (Representational)

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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.

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