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Tsunami waves spotted, evacuations ordered after 7.6 earthquake off New Caledonia

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World   Evacuations were ordered after hazardous waves were expected

Tsunami waves have been spotted after a powerful undersea earthquake in New Caledonia in the South Pacific.


Evacuations were ordered after hazardous waves up to three metres tall were expected to rise following the 7.6 magnitude quake on Wednesday.

People on the east coast have been told to retreat at least 300m from the shore and to get to ground at least 12m in altitude.

The quake struck about 104 miles east of Tadine at a shallow depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

"Tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 metres above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

People on the east coast were told to retreat at least 300m from the shore by the New Caledonia civil defence and to get to ground at least 12m above sea level.

 

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