10:47 GMT26 February 2021
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    Earlier on Wednesday, a 7.7-magnitude quake rocked Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean.

    A tsunami threat has been issued for Lord Howe Island, which is about 550 km east of Australia's mainland, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. 

    Earlier in the day, a tsunami warning was issued for New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and some other nations in the South Pacific following a 7.7-magnitude quake that struck east of Vao in New Caledonia at a depth of 10 km.

    "We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore following a magnitude 7.7 earthquake," the disaster agency said.​

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