A STRONG earthquake measuring M7.1 hit New Caledonia at 03:51 UTC, no tsunami warnings have been issued.
According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 26.7 km (16 miles) some 221 km (137 miles) east of the New Caledonian capital Noumea.
It hit southeast of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands, an isolated archipelago in the Pacific part of the French territory of New Caledonia, whose population is 278,000 as of the 2016 census.
Civil Defence spokesman Olivier Ciry said: “We felt it and they felt it more strongly on the Loyalty Islands.
“But there is nothing to say. There is no damage, no tsunami and we don’t expect anything else.”
New Caledonia has hosted 20 other magnitude 7+ earthquakes over the last century.
The largest was a M7.7 in May 1995, which was located about 100 km to the south of today’s event, and to the southwest of the oceanic trench in the region commonly referred to as the outer rise.
1995 was during solar minimum of cycle 23.
GSM = increase in Cosmic Rays/Coronal Holes penetrating deep into Silica-Rich and highly Viscous Magma = uptick in Seismic & Volcanic Activity
Read John L Casey’s ‘Upheaval!: Why Catastrophic Earthquakes Will Soon Strike the United States’
And Ben Davidson’s work linking earthquakes to coronal holes, which increase during solar grand minimums — www.quakewatch.net