An earthquake hitd off the coast of New Caledonia

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia today in the tectonically active Pacific region.

Seismologists said, the tremor hit at a depth of 29 kilometres some 253 kilometres from the capital Noumea and 109 kilometres from Tadine in the lightly populated Loyalty Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no current threat, with experts saying while shaking would have been felt, damage was unlikely.

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