There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued following a series of large earthquakes off the coast of New Caledonia on Tuesday, October 16. Two large earthquakes, with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3, struck approximately 170 km (105 mi) east of the city of Tadine around 11:28 and 12:03 (local time) on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). These quakes were followed by a series of aftershocks ranging from 4.8-magnitude to 5.8-magnitude. Further aftershocks are possible in the coming hours and days.
Earthquakes are common in the vicinity of New Caledonia, particularly along the New Hebrides Subduction Zone, which is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire."
Individuals are advised to monitor developments to the situation and be prepared for aftershocks in the coming hours and days.
During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and do not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights. In the event of a tsunami warning, individuals in the affected areas are advised to evacuate coastal areas and seek higher ground immediately.
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