A POWERFUL earthquake has been recorded off the coast of New Caledonia, in the South Pacific Ocean.
First reports have the earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey.
It reportedly struck at a depth of around 10 kilometres, around 535 kilometres southeast of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for areas close to the quake, although the Hawaii-based centre stressed that there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami.
The Bureau of Meteorology says there is NO tsunami threat to Australia.