On the island of Nukunono in Tokelau, preparations are under way in case any big waves arrive after this morning's earthquake.
The acting faipule or mayor of Nukunono, Mika Perez, says the men are bringing boats to shore and moving families inland.
He says any waves might still be on their way:
"I believe it should take about four hours before we can feel something here in Tokelau. I can see that the tide is receding which is good. When high tide comes at noon it might be a different story."
Mika Perez from Nukunono in Tokelau.