Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warning For South Pacific Islands

A view of the bay of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, seen earlier this year. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a magnitude 7.6 earthquake may threaten Noumea with dangerous waves Wednesday afternoon local time.

The massive temblor struck the region Wednesday afternoon local time. Authorities warned that tsunami waves could soon follow for Vanuatu and the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

(Image credit: Theo Rouby/AP)

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