October 31, 2017 / 12:58 AM / in 4 months

Magnitude 7.0 quake hits close to New Caledonia -USGS

Oct 30 (Reuters) - A major earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck close to New Caledonia on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which was at a shallow depth of 9.3 miles (15 km)below the seabed, did not trigger a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The epicenter was located 73 miles (117.48 km) east of the town of Tadine, on the Loyalty Islands, part of France’s New Caledonia territory. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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