Earthquake rocks Southeast of Loyalty Islands

October 3rd, 2008 - 10:44 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Earthquake in Loyalty IslandsA moderate earthquake with an intensity of 5.2 richter scale in Loyalty Islands.

The moderate quake 5.2 magnitude on richter scale occured on Friday, October 03, 2008 at 00:25:27 UTC ( Coordinated Universal Time ) and Friday, October 03, 2008 at 11:25:27 AM at epicenter local time as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter is 250 km (155 miles) SE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia,250 km (155 miles) WSW of Ile Hunter, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, 345 km (215 miles) ESE of NOUMEA, New Caledonia, 1755 km (1090 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia.

The Loyalty Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific and are part of the French territory of New Caledonia, whose mainland is 100 km (60 miles) distant.
The Loyalty Islands Province is divided into three municipalities:

1. Lifou
2. Maré
3. Ouvéa

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