No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 7.0 quake in Pacific Basin

Saul Bowman
November 21, 2017

And the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of the possible hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km along the coasts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia due to this natural disaster.

The powerful quake hit in the Pacific Ocean, just east of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

It was 25 kilometres deep. At the time of agency said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia perhaps, the danger had largely passed away. The institution then issued a message saying that the tsunami wave "has been monitored". PTWC warns that follow-up waves may occur at intervals of five minutes to an hour, and may be higher than before.

Earthquakes are not unusual in that particular region.

A magnitude 7.3 quake has struck near New Caledonia and Vanuatu, sparking warnings of hazardous tsunami waves. The tsunami wave has not been detected before.

"Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the natural disaster is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand".

NZ Civil Defence says there is no tsunami threat.

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