A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the Loyalty Islands, an archipelago in the French territory of New Caledonia, in the South Pacific, without the authorities initially reporting victims, damage or tsunami risk.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors global seismic activity, placed the hypocenter 10 kilometers deep under the seabed.
The same agency located the shake 170 kilometers east of Tadine, on the island of Maré, in Loyalty, and 314 east of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia.
The Pacific Tsunami Alert Service raised the estimated magnitude to 6.5, but indicated that based on all the available data, "a destructive tsunami in the Pacific is not expected."
New Caledonia is located near the so-called Ring of Fire of the Pacific and of the submarine volcanoes of the Lau Basin, so it usually records shaking of seismic origin.