Evac­u­a­tions or­dered af­ter pow­er­ful quake

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

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.

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