UPDATE: These powerful quakes could be foreshocks of something much bigger! The tremors are acting like the Great 9.0 Honshu quake in Japan in 2011.
Six powerful aftershocks have rattled South East Loyalty Islands just an hour or so after the massive very shallow, magnitude 7.7 struck the same area which preceded three very powerful foreshocks in the Southern Pacific The massive, very shallow, magnitude 7.7 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.