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    According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), a powerful 7.6 magnitude underwater earthquake struck off the east coast of New Caledonia on Wednesday.

    The jolts were reportedly registered at 04.18 GMT at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) and about 155 kilometres (95 miles) east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands off New Caledonia's east coast. The PTWC has warned of possible powerful tsunamis in the region. The authorities have urged residents to take shelter and have organised an immediate evacuation.

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    According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), there have been no reports of casualties or damage caused by the earthquake so far.

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    • 07:05

      Fresh 7.0 Earthquake Hits Off New Caledonia

      A magnitude 7.0 aftershock has hit off the coast of New Caledonia, hours after the French territory was shaken by several earthquakes. A tsunami warning for the South Pacific island is still in effect.

      The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning, saying that "tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters [10 feet] above the tide level are possible for some coasts of New Caledonia" following the quake.

    • 07:04

      5.9 Magnitude Aftershock Registered Off New Caledonia Coast

      A second 5.9 magnitude aftershock was registered near the coast of New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, after a powerful earthquake, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The tremors were registered at 04.30 GMT, 122 kilometres (75.8 miles) southeast of the town of Tadine. The epicentre was located at a depth of 10 kilometres.

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