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    No tsunami warning has been issued after a strong earthquake hit off the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia.

    A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake has hit off France's New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean, the United States Geological Service reported. The earthquake occurred at a depth of some 29.4 kilometers below the seabed at around 00:42 GMT with the epicenter located some 109 kilometers (around 68 miles) southeast of the town of Tadine, on the Loyalty Islands part of the archipelago.

    Despite such a strong magnitude, which usually inflicts damage and can be felt up to hundreds of miles away from the epicenter, no tsunami warning has been issued.

    ​Earlier, USGS had reported that it was a major earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude.


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