7.5 magnitude earthquake rattles New Caledonia, sparks tsunami concerns

Posted at 9:17 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 00:33:59-05

A major earthquake Tuesday night struck the territory of New Caledonia, sparking tsunami alerts.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and rattled the area just after 8 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake struck just over 100 miles east southeast of Tadine, New Caledonia.

According to the USGS, waves between three and nine feet above the tide level are possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Waves between one and three feet above the tide level are possible along the coast of Fiji.

New Caledonia is a French territory in the South Pacific. See the map below for its exact location: