Series of strong and shallow earthquakes (M7.0, M6.6 and M6.4) hits New Caledonia

A swarm of strong earthquakes is currently hitting New Caledonia since 9:30am UTC. The series started with a strong M6.4. Six hours later, a M6.6 jolt hit at almost the same spot, a few tenths of kilometers (miles) east of Tadine. Now a powerful M7.0 hit just a few minutes ago at 10:43pm UTC. USGS is currently reporting 12 earthquakes with magnitudes bigger than M4.7 (the lowest actually), but only counts the significant earthquakes (M>4.5) around the world. And the swarm continues…

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Swarm of earthquakes in New Caledonia on November 19 2017. via EMSC

M 6.4 – 74km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.3 – 81km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 4.7 – 61km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.3 – 74km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 4.8 – 72km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 6.6 – 68km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.9 – 74km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 4.8 – 76km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.3 – 58km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.3 – 76km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 4.8 – 80km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 4.7 – 76km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 7.0 – 82km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.1 – 68km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia

There are currently no tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat even after the powerful M6.4 and M6.6 earthquakes. According to the USGS homepage, about 14 people reported feeling the rumblings.

M6.6 earthquake hits New Caledonia on Nov 19th, M6.6 earthquake hits New Caledonia on Nov 19th map
M6.6 earthquake hits New Caledonia on Nov 19th. This earthquake is the strongest of a series of at least 11 quakes with magnitudes larger than M4.7. via USGS

Hopefully nobody has been hurt by the series of strong and shallow quakes. Take care!

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