‘Tsunami confirmed’ in South Pacific region after 7.7-magnitude earthquake

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey said, sparking a tsunami warning for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and other nations in the region.

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Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand; Tsunami Alert Issued for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and other nations in the region. The US Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings of possible tsunami waves ranging from 0.3 to 1 meters (1 to 3.3 feet) for Vanuatu and Fiji.

Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand; Tsunami Alert Issued for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu
Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand; Tsunami Alert Issued for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu

The US Geological Agency said the magnitude 7.7 quake was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands. The shaking was not expected to cause significant damage or fatalities on land.

The US Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings of possible tsunami waves ranging from 0.3 to 1 meters (1 to 3.3 feet) for Vanuatu and Fiji. A tsunami watch was issued and then cancelled for American Samoa.

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