Tsunami warning issued for Lord Howe Island after earthquake near New Caledonia
A tsunami marine warning has been issued for Lord Howe Island, after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake near New Caledonia overnight.
A tsunami marine warning means there is the possibility for dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents and some localised impact on immediate foreshores.
People on Lord Howe Island have been advised to stay away from the island's beach and the immediate water's edge.
No evacuations are required at Lord Howe Island and no impact is expected for the Australian mainland.
Some tsunami waves of under 40 centimetres have been observed at Norfolk Island, Port Villa and Fiji.
The earthquake occurred just after midnight on Wednesday in an area south-east of the Loyalty Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
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