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Third quake strikes New Caledonia region

It is the third quake in the Loyalty Islands in the past day.

It is the third quake in the Loyalty Islands in the past day. Photo: Getty

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck south-east of the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia, the United States Geological Survey says.

Friday morning’s quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres. It was the third earthquake of magnitude 6.8 or over in the region in 24 hours.

There was no risk of a tsunami in the region following the tremor, the US tsunami warning system said.

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