New Caledonia and its Loyalty Islands are simultaneously struck by a 7.0 earthquake and Tropical Cyclone Vania.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off the Loyalty Islands Province, New Caledonia. It is the strongest recorded earthquake of the year so far. A tsunami warning was issued with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirming that a tsunami was generated by the earthquake.
In New Caledonia, the largest pro-independence party Caledonian Union agrees to postpone the referendum on independence from France due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Anti-independence parties welcome the decision.
A 7.0 magnitude undersea earthquake strikes east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu are cancelled. There are no immediate reports of damage.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits off the coast of the Vanuatu island of Malakula, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) to issue a tsunami warning for the coasts of New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, which was later cancelled.