China News Service, February 11 (Central News Agency) reported that in the early morning of the 11th local time, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred in the southeast waters of the Loyati Islands in New Caledonia, South Pacific, triggering a small tsunami, but fortunately no casualties were caused.
The tsunami warning has been lifted.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred in the waters southeast of the Loyati Islands in New Caledonia.
(Image source: screenshot of the U.S. Geological Survey website)
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 0:20 AM on the 11th local time (21:20 on the 10th Beijing time). The epicenter was located 506.6 kilometers southeast of Weizhen, Loyalty Islands, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami warnings for New Zealand, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
According to the "Twitter" of the Fiji Earthquake Department, a 0.3-meter-high wave appeared in Fiji, but the authorities subsequently cancelled the tsunami warning.
A tweet by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that the earthquake triggered a tsunami and warned Lord Howe Island, about 550 kilometers east of the Oceania continent, of threats, but said there was no need for evacuation.
The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency also warned that there may be "strong and abnormal currents" in the northern coastal areas, but said there is no risk of a tsunami.