Strong quake hits New Caledonia again

The US Geological Survey says a powerful undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck off the east coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. (Google pic)

NOUMEA: A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck east of the Loyalty Islands near New Caledonia in the South Pacific on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at a depth of 26km (16 miles) about 189km (117 miles) east-southeast of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands, the USGS said.

There were no immediate warnings from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

It follows a powerful 7.6 quake that hit near New Caledonia on Wednesday.