Tsunami warning for Lord Howe Island is cancelled after a 7.6 magnitude Pacific earthquake
The earthquake of 7.7 magnitude near New Caledonia caused New Zealand officials to warn residents to get off the beach.
A tsunami alert, caused by a 7.7 magnitude undersea earthquake near New Caledonia, has been canceled for New Zealand and Australia’s Lord Howe Island.
The more than 300 residents of Lord Howe Island, 600km off the NSW mid-north coast, were immediately told to be alert for dangerous rips, waves and strong currents.
The US Tsunami Warning System later said the tsunami threat had passed for the region, although warned there may be minor sea fluctuations.Waves reaching up to a level of one metre above the normal tide level are possible for some coasts of Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand, it added.
A wave of 0.3 metres struck Fiji, according to the Twitter feed of the island nation’s seismology department. It provided no further details.
The threat has also passed for New Zealand which had warned people to 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 New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.