A warning of “widespread, hazardous” tsunami waves has been issued after a powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands.
Parts of the coasts of the Solomons, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae could be affected within hours, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.
The 7.7 magnitude quake struck at about 70km (43 miles) off the Solomons.
The USGS said it struck at about 17:40 GMT (04:40 Friday local time).
US officials say they are investigating if there is a threat to Hawaii.
According to the warning centre, the waves could hit the areas under the warning in the next three hours.