There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a warning, saying “hazardous tsunami waves from this quake are possible within 300km (186 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of the Solomon Islands”.

Crowds at a football tournament in the eastern Solomon Islands ran for shelter early Saturday after a tsunami warning was given following a strong quake. The Santa Cruz Islands are about 2,252 kilometres northeast of Brisbane.

An quake with a preliminary magnitude 7.5 hit 47 miles off of Lata, Solomon Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday afternoon. The islands lie on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc that stretches around the Pacific rim and where about 90 percent of the world’s quakes occur.

Destruction… a file picture of the injury on Rendova after a collection of highly effective earthquakes and a tsunami struck the Solomon Islands in…

The province was hit by a magnitude eight natural disaster in February 2013, which triggered a tsunami that smashed through seaside villages, killing at least 10 people and destroying houses, crops and infrastructure.