Wednesday evening, A powerful undersea earthquake struck north of New Zealand, prompting tsunami warnings in some parts of the region.
According to the latest reports from the U.S. Geological Agency, the magnitude 7.7 quake was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands. The shaking did not cause significant damage or injury to the land.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning alerting people that tsunami waves ranging from 0.3 to 1 meter (1 to 3.3 feet) may hit in parts of Vanuatu and Fiji. A tsunami watch was issued and then canceled for American Samoa.
The region is prone to earthquakes because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic fault lines around the ocean.