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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after earthquake in Loyalty Islands

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    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a “destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected” based on available data.

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There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake southeast of the Loyalty Islands today.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it does not expect a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami and there is no threat to Hawaii. The earthquake was reported at 5:52 p.m. Hawaii time.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the magnitude 7.1 quake hit 143 miles east of Tadine in New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands. The Loyalty Islands are part of New Caledonia, located east of Australia.

The quake was about 181 miles from Isangel in Vanuatu. The USGS says it was about 16 miles deep.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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