Large quake strikes off New Caledonia

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A magnitude-5.7 earthquake has struck in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey says.

The epicentre was located about 200 kilometres north-northeast of Hunter Island, at a depth of about around 10 kilometres. It struck at 4.40am.

The French territory of New Caledonia was the scene of another earthquake on Monday, which triggered a tsunami wave warning.

New Caledonia, popular with tourists for its beaches and coral reefs, is located around 1500 kilometres east of Australia.

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