Major earthquake hits island east of Australia

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SAN DIEGO – A major earthquake struck the island of New Caledonia, located about 600 miles east of Australia early Tuesday morning.

United States Geological Survey initially reported a magnitude 7.0 earthquake around 5:50 p.m. PST Monday.

Civil Defence says there are currently no warnings in place in New Zealand, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has said there are currently no other warnings in place in the Pacific.

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