WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A 7.7 magnitude quake Friday in the far Pacific may threaten a tsunami for several islands.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Friday was near the Loyalty Islands. It was 37 kilometers (23 miles) deep.

That is southwest of Fiji, north of New Zealand and east of Australia where the Coral Sea meets the Pacific.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) were possible for Vanuatu.

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency said it was still assessing the potential for a tsunami.

The PTWC said waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above the tides were possible for Fiji, New Caledonia, Kiribati and New Zealand.

Smaller waves were possible in Papua New Guinea, Guam and other Pacific islands.

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