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Andy Jack, Sky News Online
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has triggered a tsunami warning in the southern Pacific Ocean.
Earthquake South Pacific
The tsunami warning is for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.6, was 22.4 miles deep and centred 133 miles northwest of the island of Vanuatu.
"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours," the tsunami centre said.
A tsunami warning has been issued to islands in the South Pacific after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the area.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that the Solomon islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia had received warnings.
PORT VILA — A shallow 7.2 earthquake struck off Vanuatu Friday, seismologists said, sparking a tsunami warning which was later cancelled.
The quake at 04:14 am (1714 GMT Thursday) hit at a depth of 36 kilometres (22 miles), 214 kilometres northwest of Luganville, or 2,070 kilometres northeast of Brisbane, Australia, according to the US Geological Survey.