A major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale has struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, prompting fears of a localised tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has said.
The earthquake struck 330 miles southeast of the island and was measured at a depth of around six miles.
A warning was issued for areas close to the quake, but no Pacific-wide warning was issued.
There were tsunami memorial events today in three of the countries worst hit by the Boxing Day 2004 disaster - Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Thailand - 5,395 confirmed deaths
Indonesia - 131,028 confirmed deaths
Sri Lanka - 31, 229 confirmed deaths
David Cameron has paid tribute to the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami which claimed an estimated 230,000 lives - including 151 British nationals - in countries around the Indian Ocean.
In a statement to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragedy, the Prime Minister praised the "real resilience" of the communities which had since rebuilt their lives as well as the generosity of the international response.
He said the UK Government alone had provided almost £300 million to support the reconstruction of affected areas.
Today we think of all those for whom Boxing Day is no longer a happy festive celebration but the day they lost a loved one in the Indian Ocean tsunami.
At this poignant time, my prayers are with all those remembering people who were caught up in the disaster, including the 151 British nationals who lost their lives.
In the face of tragedy and adversity, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated real resilience to rebuild their lives and millions more have shown extraordinary generosity to help those affected.
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The tragedy was one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history and claimed the lives of at least 230,000 people, including 155 Brits.
It was triggered by an underwater earthquake which set off waves of up to 98ft across the Indian Ocean.
Indonesia was the worst-hit country followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
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A tsunami warning triggered by a powerful earthquake near the Solomon Islands has been cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies.
The quake was centred 100 km (60 miles) south of Kira Kira on the island of Makira, and had a magnitude of 7.6.
There were no immediate reports of damage, and only very small tsunami wave activity - just a couple of centimetres - had been measured.
A tsunami warning has been issued for Solomon Islands region in the Pacific Ocean after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the islands.
A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and surrounding areas, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. A tsunami watch was in effect for Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Guam and nearby areas.