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New Caledonia hit by earthquake again

ANI  |  Naumea [New Caledonia] 

Hours after east coast of was rattled by an of 7.6, the French territory rocked again by another measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale.

According to United States Geographical Survey (USGA), the second occurred at 7:03 (UTC) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers.

The jolts were registered southeast of the Loyalty Islands of

A tsunami warning had already been issued for the region by the (PTWC) when the island was hit by the first

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. 14:35 IST