South Pacific island New Caledonia under tsunami warning after magnitude 7.5 quake

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PTWC said waves could be as high as 3 metres above the tide level in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Civil Defence were earlier assessing whether the quake could pose a threat.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the undersea quake was a shallow 10 km (6 miles) deep.

The populations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia are similar, with just over 280,000 people living in each archipelago.

The PTWC said hazardous waves below 30cm were possible right across the Pacific, including in Australia, China, Columbia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, PNG and New Zealand. Waves of up 1m are possible in Fiji.

McGarry said he felt the quake where he is based in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, as a mild shaking.

A spokesman for French mining and metals group Eramet, which operates the Doniambo nickel plant in the main harbour of Noumea, said it had enacted its tsunami alert process.

"The procedure is to ask people who work near the sea to move higher up".

Seismologists in Australia said they are monitoring the natural disaster.

A short time before WeatherWatch.co.nz said the region wasn't known for generating serious tsunami for New Zealand but everyone should keep up to date with more information as it comes in this evening.

New Zealand's ministry of civil defence and emergency management tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation's coasts.

It sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

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