7.0-magnitude quake hits 279 km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia -- USGS

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted 279 km east-south-east of Tadine, New Caledonia at 0544 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 22.579 degrees south latitude and 170.3537 degrees east longitude.

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