Nouméa: Noumea in New Caledonia was hit by a sudden earthquake early this morning. It has been recorded as 6.1 on the Richter scale. This has been reported by the National Center for Earthquake Science.
The earthquake was reported at 2 am local time today at a depth of 170 km, 477 km east of Noumea.
No loss of life or property was reported due to the earthquake. Tremors were felt in Noumea, New Caledonia. According to the National Center for Seismology, the tremors were felt at around 2.30 pm. The magnitude of the earthquake was measured at 6.1 on the Richter scale. The National Center for Seismology has not confirmed any loss of life or property due to the earthquake.
Earthquake intensity An earthquake with a magnitude of less than 2.0 on the Richter scale is placed in the micro category and these earthquakes are not felt. 8,000 earthquakes of the micro category on the Richter scale are recorded daily around the world. Similarly, earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 to 2.9 are kept in the minor category.
We don’t even normally feel about 1,000 such earthquakes every day. Very light category earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 to 3.9 are recorded 49,000 times in a year. They are felt but hardly any harm is done by them.
Light category earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 to 4.9 are recorded on the Richter scale about 6,200 times a year around the world. These tremors are felt and can be seen moving the household items. However, they cause negligible damage.