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Tsunami warning canceled for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia after 7.2 quake

HONOLULU (AP) — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has canceled a tsunami warning it had issued for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.

The cancellation came Thursday a little more than an hour after the warning was issued after a 7.2 earthquake struck Vanuatu.

The center says sea level readings didn't show any tsunami signals.

If a tsunami were generated, the center says it doesn't pose a threat to any areas outside the region.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

HONOLULU (AP) — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu has issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.

The warning was issued Thursday morning, Hawaii time, following an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3.

It was centered in Vanuatu, about 133 north-northwest of Santo, or 1,290 miles northeast of Brisbane, Australia.

The warning center says it's not known if a tsunami was generated

However, it says a quake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region within minutes to hours.