Halloween shaking: Freakish M6.8 earthquake hits New Caledonia

A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake has hit off New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean on October 31, 2017.

The shallow earthquake hit at a depth of 29.4 kilometers at around 00:42 GMT with the epicenter located some 109 kilometers (around 68 miles) southeast of the town of Tadine, on the Loyalty Islands part of the archipelago.

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M6.8 earthquake hits New Caledonia on October 31 2017. via USGS

USGS first reported a M7.0 earthquake, which was then downgraded to M6.8 at a depth of 11.1 km (6.9 miles). Geoscience Australia reported the major quake as a M7.0 at a depth of 17 km (10.6 miles) and EMSC as a M6.8 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).

Despite such a strong magnitude, no tsunami warning has been issued.

Neither damage nor injuries have been reported in nearby islands.

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