Magnitude 6.5 earthquake recorded east of New Caledonia: USGS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 was recorded east of New Caledonia in the South Pacific on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the quake was 190 km (120 miles) east of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 33 km (20 miles), the USGS said. There was no immediate threat of a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

(Reporting by Paul Tait; editing by Richard Pullin)