Tsunami alert: 7.3 earthquake strikes off Australia

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the east coast of Australia near New Caledonia, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake, originally measured at 7.2, was centred 68 kilometres east-northeast of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, at a depth of 25 kilometres, the USGS said.

A tsunami alert has been issued after a massive earthquake struck off the east coast of Australia.

The 7.3 magnitude quake hit near the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia on Monday at 9.43am, local time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said ‘hazardous tsunami waves’ were possible within 300km of the epicenter.

The alert has been issued for New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The quake, originally measured at 7.2, was centred 68km north-east of Tadine at a depth of 10km.

The initial earthquake was followed by another measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale.

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