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An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10km, USGS said.

It is the third earthquake over magnitude 6.8 in the region since Thursday.

There was no risk of a tsunami in the region following the tremor, the US tsunami warning system said.