- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2016

A preliminary magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck near New Caledonia in the South Pacific early Friday, prompting a tsunami warning.

A warning of “hazardous tsunami waves” was issued for coasts within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter by the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but quickly retracted.

“The 7.6 mag #earthquake near the Loyalty Islands no longer poses a #tsunami threat,” the center tweeted shortly after 10 p.m. EDT.

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