A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia in the South Pacific late Monday afternoon, local time.
The Daily Star reports that the earthquake was centered 73 miles east of the town of Tadine, on the Loyalty Islands, at a shallow depth of 9.3 miles below the seabed.
According to 1NewsNow, there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Two hotels contacted by Reuters said that they did not feel the earthquake.
New Caledonia is a French island cluster in the South Pacific, situated along the seismically active Ring of Fire. Its capital city, Noumea, is known for its many bays, restored colonial-era houses and water sports, such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. The island cluster’s outlying islands are known for their wildlife, white sand beaches and coconut plantations. There are also a number of diving opportunities, especially around the Pleiades Reef, and, at the Mouli Bridge, travelers can spot turtles and eagle rays moving through the channel daily. Other notable attractions include the Hanawa Blue Hole, the shark nursery on Ouvea, the Jokin cliffs, and the La Mounique monument, which commemorates the disappearance of La Monique in 1953.