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U.S. Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami watches for New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and other Pacific islands.
The region is prone to earthquakes because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic fault lines around the ocean.
7.5-magnitude #earthquake struck off the coasts of #Vanuatu and #NewCaledonia on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, sparking a #tsunami warning for surrounding nations.
Tsunami watch for New Zealand and Fiji after high intensity quake undersea may give highrise of tidal waves.
New Zealand authorities tell northern coast residents to move away from waterfront areas due to expected ocean surges after 7.7-magnitude quake.
7.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey says, sparking a tsunami warning for New Zealand, #Vanuatu, #NewCaledonia and other nations in the region.
A magnitude 7.5 #earthquake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands around 8:20 a.m. eastern time, the USGS said. The @NWS_NTWC is reviewing the quake to determine any possible tsunami threat.
U.S. Geological Agency said the magnitude 7.7 quake hit Wednesday evening. It was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands