Three very powerful foreshocks have rocked Southeast of the Loyalty Islands in the Southern Pacific just minutes before a massive, very shallow, magnitude 7.7 struck the same area, the powerful quake has since been reduced to a 7.5 by USGS. A tsunami watch has been issued. The quake’s epicentre was 424 km east of Tadine, New Caledonia and was followed by at least three other earthquakes in the region with magnitudes ranging from 5.7 to 6.1 in a span of just over an hour. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said a tsunami watch was in effect for American Samoa and that there was potential for tsunamis in other regions including Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand according to Reuters.
Today's major quakes, mag 6 or higher, bring the total to 7 so far for February and 19 for the years so far which equals 2020 for the same time period.