16 Oct 2018

Second big quake hits southeast of New Caledonia

3:09 pm on 16 October 2018

A second significant earthquake has struck southeast of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands.


seismic Photo: 123RF

A 6.8 magnitude quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

It came less than half an hour a 6.5 tremor in the same area, at a depth of 33 kilometres.

It was well into the sea between New Caledonia and Vanuatu; the closest landmass is the island of Maré, some 167km away.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of tsunami from either quakes.