HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong earthquake shook an area near Vanuatu on Thursday, but it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The quake was measured at a magnitude 7.3, according to preliminary reports from the U.S. Geological Survey. It was later downgraded to magnitude 7.0.
The earthquake happened shortly after 9:40 a.m. HST east-southeast of of Lakatoro, Vanuatu at a depth of 10 km, according to the USGS. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says hazardous tsunami waves are possible in the area near the center of the earthquake. But again, officials say there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center