Strong earthquake hits South Pacific on “Ring of Fire” near New Caledonia, prompts tsunami warnings – CBS News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand  A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 3 and 10 feet were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu before later lifting the warning.

Source: Strong earthquake hits South Pacific on “Ring of Fire” near New Caledonia, prompts tsunami warnings – CBS News

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