SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A major earthquake struck off the South Pacific Ocean, prompting a tsunami warning to a number of islands in the region. Subsequent reports from authorities indicated the tsunami threat had passed.
The 7.7 magnitude quake struck at 5:20 a.m. PST about 250 miles southeast of New Caledonia archipelago, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was preceded by at least three foreshocks between 5.7 and 6.0 magnitude. It was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.1.READ MORE: Heat Wave To Bake Bay Area, California With Some Temps Reaching Triple Digits
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers said hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake were possible along the coasts of Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. Sea level observations indicated a tsunami was generated with sea level changes along some island coasts between 0.6 and 2.6 feet.READ MORE: UPDATE: Forward Progress of Brush Fire Near San Jose's Coyote Creek Stopped
By 10:26 a.m. PST, the warning center issued an update which stated, “Based on all available data, the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed.”
There was no tsunami danger for Hawaii, the U.S. West Coast, British Columbia, or Alaska.MORE NEWS: VIDEO: Restaurant Worker Robbed At Gunpoint In San Pablo; Suspect Arrested, Gunman Sought
So far there were no reports of any damage or injuries from the earthquakes.