BREAKING: Massive earthquake strikes Pacific Ocean triggering TSUNAMI waves near Australia

BREAKING: Massive earthquake strikes Pacific Ocean triggering TSUNAMI waves near Australia The powerful force emerged in the Pacific east of New Caledonia and Vanuatu Areas of land shook 51 miles (82kms) east of the Loyalty Islands

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a warning for anyone in the surrounding areas The centre stated that hazardous tsunami waves are possible within 186 miles (300kms) of the quake’s epicentre The earthquake was initially reported as being 73 in magnitude, it has since been downgraded The National Tsunami Warning Centre has stated that tsunami waves have been observed with hazardous waves forecast for some coats

Waves reaching 03 to 1 meter above the tide are predicted for New Caledonia while waves of less than 03 meters are predicted for the coasts of Vanuatu The earthquake struck at1043pm GMT (09

43am local time) There is currently no information on casualties of the incident or damage caused A series of small tsunami waves were observed near the islands of Maré and Lifou in New Caledonia in addition to the Tanna island in Vanuatu New Caledonia is a French territory that is made up of dozens of islands in the South Pacific – the area is home to an estimated 270,000 people