Tsunami warning for Lord Howe Island off NSW coast, after earthquake
A tsunami warning has been issued for Lord Howe Island, off the NSW coast, after a earthquake near the Loyalty Islands within New Caledonia.
The Bureau of Meteorology Australia tweeted a tsunami has already been “confirmed” at Norfolk Island, which is between New Zealand and New Caledonia.
“Tsunami confirmed. Observations Norfolk Is at 2.15am,” the tweet said.
The warning remains current, according to the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.
It was issued at 5.03am AEDT.
There are no evacuations in place, but residents are being told to stay away from the shore.
It says: “For the marine environment of Lord Howe Island there is the possibility of dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents, and some localised overflow to the immediate foreshore commencing after 2:45 am (local_time) Thursday and persisting for several hours.
“While evacuations are not necessary for Marine Threat areas, people in these areas are advised to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water’s edge.”
Lord Howe Island is 600km off the NSW coast.
There are just 300 residents but it’s a popular place for holidays.