Noumea: An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck off the coast of the Pacific island of New Caledonia. The quake set off tsunami fear in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management though tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation’s coasts even though the tsunami alert issued for coasts within 1,000km, the BBC reported.

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 kilometre at 4.18 GMT, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicentre was recorded as 168km east-south-east of Tadine, a town on France’s New Caledonia.

The USGS also recorded a series of aftershocks, two of them at 5.9 magnitude. New Caledonia has a population of about 270,000 and is part of the Pacific’s “ring of fire”, where many earthquakes occur.

(With IANS inputs)