7.7 magnitude earthquake shakes far Pacific, tsunami forecast for Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) above tides were possible for Vanuatu

Updated - May 19, 2023 10:20 am IST

Published - May 19, 2023 09:51 am IST - WELLINGTON

Local residents walk past debris as a wave breaks nearby in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu in 2015. File

Local residents walk past debris as a wave breaks nearby in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu in 2015. File | Photo Credit: Reuters

A 7.7 magnitude quake has been recorded in the far Pacific.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake on May 19 was near the Loyalty Islands. It was 37 kilometers (23 miles) deep.

That is southwest of Fiji, north of New Zealand and east of Australia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) above tides were possible for Vanuatu. Smaller waves were possible for Fiji, New Caledonia, Kiribati and New Zealand.

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