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7.6 magnitude rattles New Caledonia

ANI  |  Noumea [New Caledonia] 

An earthquake measuring 7.6 on Scale struck off the east coast of on Wednesday.

According to Sputnik, the jolts were registered at 04.18 GMT at the depth of 10 kilometres and about 155 kilometres east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands off

Tsunami warning has been issued for the region by the (PTWC).

Residents have been asked to find shelter while the authorities are organising an immediate evacuation.

French territory of sits on the "Ring of Fire", an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 12:17 IST