Published: 09 December 2016 Friday, 12:44 AM
A magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck around 70 kilometres south-west of the Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, triggering widespread tsunami warnings across the Pacific.
"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae," the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said.
The quake struck at 4:38am AEDT at a depth of roughly 48 kilometres, USGS said — it was initially reported to be of magnitude-8.0.
The PTWC will issue messages hourly until the threat has passed, it said. (Source:ABC News)