Evacuations ordered after powerful quake
Coastal evacuations were ordered on Wednesday after a powerful undersea earthquake triggered tsunami warnings in the South Pacific but appeared to have caused little damage. The magnitude 7.6 quake struck east of New Caledonia and was just 10 kilometers deep and about 155 km east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Authorities in the French territory urged people to move to locations more than 300 meters away from the shore, and if possible, to sites higher than 12 meters above sea level. There were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.