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USGS: Earthquake of magnitude 7 strikes near New Caledonia

SYDNEY, - An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck 82 kms (51 miles) east of the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday.
The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of 10km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kms of the epicenter.
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