The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning
for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Kosrae, wallis-Futuna and Howland-Baker.
The initial readings
according to seismologists are in the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude range as reported by the United States Geological Survey. The preliminary reading for the first quake was 8.1 magnitude.
It is not known if a tsunami
has formed in the area but a earthquake like these two increase the risk of the killer tidal waves. Both of the earthquakes are said to have been extremely shallow.