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The quake has resulted in a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Pacific basin except mainland United States and Canada.
The warning includes Hawaii and extends from Mexico down to South American countries on the Pacific.
A tsunami warning is in effect for the following countries: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.
Australia and New Zealand, which had been on an initial warning list, were later removed. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Center confirmed there was no tsunami threat.