People gather outside during a quake evacuation in Noumea, New Caledonia December 5, 2018.
Although the Directorate for Civil Protection and Risk Management of New Caledonia (DSCGR) downgraded the warning and said evacuation was not required for the west coast of the country.
Earthquakes that hit shallow depths are usually more risky, which prompted fears about tsunami waves possibly hitting nearby islands.
According to Geoscience Australia, the quake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands about 3:18pm AEDT, just four minutes after a magnitude 5.7 quake hit the area.
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"There are no sirens on Tanna but the people on the island are familiar with these situations and they will have taken precautions and gone to higher ground", he told AFP.
It is a French overseas territory with a population of about 270,000. The PTWC said although the epicenter of the quake should cause no imminent threat to the nearby coasts, residents and tourists of those area should still seek shelter and move to higher ground until the threat subsides.
The epicentre was some 300 kilometres east of Noumea.
Its citizens last month rejected independence in a referendum, though the vote revealed lower-then-expected support for remaining part of France.
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