(SOUTH PACIFIC) JUST IN: ALERT: A 7.7 magnitude #earthquake has struck the South Pacific region, triggering tsunami warnings and calls for residents to avoid beaches and shore areas today Thursday #AceNewDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.11: The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the 7.7 magnitude earthquake’s epicentre was 417 kilometres east of Tadine, New Caledonia, and at a depth of 10 kilometres:

#Tsunami warning issued for Lord Howe Island after earthquake near New Caledonia: A marine #tsunami threat was issued to Lord Howe Island, a marine reserve more than 700 kilometres north-east of Sydney, but evacuations were not necessary’

Reuters: Posted 2hrs updated 33m ago

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No evacuations are currently required at Lord Howe Island and no impact is expected for the Australian mainland.

Residents of Lord Howe Island have been advised to stay away from the beach and immediate water’s edge.

New Zealand authorities also urged residents along its northern coast to avoid beaches and shore areas.

The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency said people should get out of the water, off beaches and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries in areas from Ahipara to Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island and from Matata to Tolaga Bay.

“We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore,” the agency said in a statement.

“Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore.”

The quake, whose strength was upgraded from an earlier magnitude of 7.2, followed at least three other tremors in the region with magnitudes ranging from 5.7 to 6.1 in a span of just over an hour.

There were no immediate reports of damage near the epicentre in New Caledonia, John Ristau, a seismologist from New Zealand based GNS Science told local media.

“It’s most likely that damage would have been minimal if anything at all,” he said, adding that Thursday morning’s earthquake could trigger more tremors.

The US Tsunami Warning System said a tsunami watch was in effect for American Samoa and cited a potential for tsunamis in other regions including Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand.

Waves reaching up to a level of 1 metre above the normal tide level were possible for some coastal areas of Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand, it added.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Feb.11: 2021:

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