(Reuters) – New Caledonia and Vanuatu ordered coastal evacuations on Wednesday from powerful undersea earthquake triggered tsunami warnings from the South Pacific, but perceived to have suffered little damage.

The quake https://tmsnrt.rs/2QdrtkL of magnitude 7.6, which struck east of brand new Caledonia, was just 10 km (6 miles) deep and around 155 km (95 miles) east-southeast of the Loyalty Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

Authorities while in the French territory urged people to go on to locations more than 300 meters (984 ft) outside the shore, just in case possible, to sites above 12 meters (39 ft) above sea level.

"The great news is, we now have did not have injuries or damage," said Oliver Ciry, a spokesman achievable Caledonia's directorate for civil protection and risk management, adding that abnormal movements in the sea off of the colonial and round the Loyalty Islands had been spotted earlier.

Neighboring Vanuatu also issued an evacuation warning.

Production of nickel, New Caledonia's dominant export, was briefly interrupted with the quake, however.

Eramet (PA:ERMT), the operator on the Doniambo nickel plant generally harbor of Noumea, for the west coast, initiated its tsunami alert process, a spokesman to the French mining and metals group said.

"The operation is need to people that work on the sea to transfer higher up," he was quoted saying, adding they had felt the strong quake, whilst it failed to cause prolonged shaking.