7.3-magnitude natural disaster hits New Caledonia: USGS

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 7.0 quake in Pacific Basin

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of 10km.

New Zealand officials say there is no tsunami threat to the country following a 7.3-magnitude natural disaster near New Caledonia.

There has been a cluster of quakes in the area between magnitude 6.4 and 7 in the past 24 hours.

Tsunami warning and advisory were issued in the region by The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 7.0 quake in Pacific Basin
Tsunami possible after 7.0 earthquake strikes near France's New Caledonia

The PTWC has warned of "hazardous tsunami waves" possible for coasts within 300 km of the epicenter, which puts the Loyalty Islands archipelago, with a population of over 17,000, within range.

The agency says waves as high as 1 metre above the high-tide mark are forecast to hit New Caledonia and smaller waves are expected in Vanuatu.

It is the second natural disaster to strike near New Caledonia in a month.

Australia and New Zealand do not face any tsunami threats, authorities say.

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