A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits eastern New Caledonia (USGS)

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean east of New Caledonia on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area .
The epicenter was 35 kilometers (22 miles) deep and located about 300 kilometers (190 miles) east of the New Caledonia archipelago, he said.
Any tsunami wave is expected to be less than 0.3 meters (one foot), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in its latest update.
The waves could reach the Pacific islands of Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna, he said, after issuing a warning for coasts within 300 kilometers (185 miles) of the epicenter.
A 7.7 magnitude quake in the same region on Friday sent people rushing to higher ground on several Pacific islands for fear of giant waves. A tsunami warning was lifted a few hours later.


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