Tsunami warnings for Vanuatu - New Caledonia after magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Swellnet Dispatch

Tsunami warnings are in place for Vanuatu and New Caledonia, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck in the region this afternoon.

The US National Tsunami Centre said the quake struck at a depth of around 10 kilometres just after 3:00pm (local time).

The quake hit south-east of the Loyalty Islands, part of New Caledonia, and "hazardous tsunami waves" have been forecast for the surrounding islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC).

PTWC said waves could be as high as 3 metres above the tide level in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

There is no threat alert for Australia, with PTWC saying any waves that hit as a result of the tremor would be less than 0.3 metres tall.

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018 at 5:04pm

Looking at proximity it shouldn't be too long before a tsunami would arrive.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018 at 7:29pm

Update: During last hour or so was another 'quake' with magnitude of 6.6
No damage or lives lost have been reported reported... (Here's today's data)
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000i2gt/executive
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000i2k0/executive

Presenting Map & tabled history of "Tsunamis in Vanuatu" thanks to World Data. https://www.worlddata.info/oceania/vanuatu/tsunamis.php

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018 at 10:07pm

Onya tbb.
It seems the earthquake wasn't the tsunami generating type,
Which is good news.

Also the earthquake location appears to be in a deep valley.