August 29, 2018 / 6:08 AM / 9 months ago

Strong quake sends small waves radiating out to South Pacific islands

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tsunami waves as tall as a metre above the tide level were possible along the coasts Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu following a powerful earthquake in the South Pacific, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on Wednesday.

The magnitude 7.1 undersea quake hit off New Caledonia about 0350 GMT, and had already sent small waves radiating out toward the Loyalty Islands, some 250 km (155 miles) west of the epicentre.

Waves between 30 cm and 1 metre (1 to 3.3 ft) were possible at some coasts of Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while smaller waves could reach dozens of other islands, the warning center said.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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