A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off
the east coast of Australia near New Caledonia. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake
hit just after 9:30 a.m. Monday, local time, about 80 kilometers east
of the Loyalty Islands, at a depth of 25 kilometers. A tsunami warning has been issued for New
Caledonia and Vanuatu, with waves as high as one meter forecast to hit their coastlines.