Strong 6.2 magnitude quake strikes near New Caledonia

Map locating the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude quake Wednesday. — AFP Graphics
Map locating the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude quake Wednesday. — AFP Graphics

NOUMEA, Dec 7 — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck east of the Loyalty Islands near New Caledonia in the South Pacific this morning, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at a depth of 26km about 189km east-southeast of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands, the USGS said.

There were no immediate warnings from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

It follows a powerful 7.6 quake that hit near New Caledonia on Wednesday. — AFP

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