Officials have ordered residents on the coasts of New Caledonia to evacuate coastal areas after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale struck 168 km (104 mi) southeast of Tadine (New Caledonia) at 15:18 (local time) on Wednesday, December 5. The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for all areas within 1000 km (600 mi) of the epicenter. Further aftershocks and tsunami waves are possible.
Individuals in the affected regions should monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks and possible tsunami waves, and adhere to any instructions issued by local or regional authorities.
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