The powerful force emerged in the Pacific east of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Areas of land shook 51 miles (82kms) east of the Loyalty Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a warning for anyone in the surrounding areas.
The centre stated that hazardous tsunami waves are possible within 186 miles (300kms) of the quake’s epicentre.
The earthquake was initially reported as being 7.3 in magnitude, it has since been downgraded.
The National Tsunami Warning Centre has stated that tsunami waves have been observed with hazardous waves forecast for some coats.
Waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide are predicted for New Caledonia while waves of less than 0.3 meters are predicted for the coasts of Vanuatu.
There is currently no information on casualties of the incident or damage caused.
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