Powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits east of Australia near new Caledonia: USGS

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has struck in the Pacific near the French territory of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Notice of a possible tsunami has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

The shocks were fixed at 22.43 Sundays according to the UTC time. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 69 kilometers north-east of the city of Tadin, the hearth lay at a depth of 25 kilometers.

There is a threat of a tsunami.