QUAKE OFF NEW CALEDONIA THIRD IN A SERIES

HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Dec. 29) - A major earthquake reportedly shook off the coast of New Caledonia yesterday, the third to strike the area in as many days. No damage or injury was initially reported.

According to the daily newspaper The Australian, the quake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale and was centered 350 kilometers east of the country’s capitol of Noumea.

The Hong Kong Observatory, which monitors seismic activity in the region, said the quake hit at 12:12 a.m., Hong Kong time, Sunday.

Quakes of similar magnitude hit the same area off New Caledonia's coast on Friday and Saturday without causing any damage.

A scientific expert said the quakes have been too deep to cause damage to New Caledonia or trigger powerful ocean waves.

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