US Warning Center Deactivates Tsunami Alert Following 7.7 Magnitude Quake in South Pacific
The United States Tsunami Warning Center has deactivated a tsunami alert that was issued yesterday because of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that shook the South Pacific. The earthquake occurred at around 3:20 PM local time, and the epicenter was located about 417 kilometers east of New Caledonia.
The Possible Tsunami Alert
Initially, the PTWC, or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, issued a warning that a tsunami was possible near the epicenter. They had expected waves to hit New Caledonia and Vanuatu within the next fifteen minutes of the warning. The earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 10km below the sea level, was the largest earthquake recorded in the region this year.
The Tsunami Alert was Deactivated
Fortunately, the tsunami waves did not occur, and the US Tsunami Warning Center deactivated the alert a few hours later. Reports from the region say that there have been no deaths or injuries due to the earthquake. As per the report from PTWC, several smaller aftershocks were felt in the region after the initial quake.
The History of Earthquakes in New Caledonia
New Caledonia is an area that is no stranger to earthquakes. The region is on the Pacific “Rim of Fire,” which is known for the frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity due to the meeting of tectonic plates. In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit this region, resulting in a tsunami that caused significant damage on nearby islands.
The Need for Preparedness
The threat of earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific region is genuine and a cause for concern. It is essential that residents of the coastal areas in these regions stay prepared and have safety procedures in place. The warning issued by the US Tsunami Warning Center yesterday is another reminder of the dangers that exist in the region.
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An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the scale struck the south Pacific region, and a tsunami alert was issued, expecting waves to hit New Caledonia and Vanuatu. However, the US Tsunami Warning Center deactivated the alert a few hours later, stating that waves did not occur. The areas surrounding New Caledonia are on the Pacific “Rim of Fire” and prone to earthquakes. The episode is serving as a potent reminder of the need for people living in the region to have safety procedures in place. #NEWS