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'Crazy' scenes in Suva after tsunami alert

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Roje Adaimy

An Australian tourist says things got a bit "crazy" in Fiji's capital Suva after a powerful earthquake struck south of the islands.

A tsunami warning was issued soon after the 7.0-magnitude quake was recorded on Wednesday morning (AEDT), but cancelled just before 10am.

Sydneysider Dan Bennett was near the pool of his waterfront hotel in Suva at the time but did not feel any tremor.

He was told by staff to pack up and prepare to evacuate.

"Everything outside is pretty crazy - there's sirens going off and there's cops everywhere," he told AAP.

"I didn't feel the quake. I was just reading about it on Twitter and then sirens started going off."

A number of people reported on social media feeling the quake, from Suva to Nadi, and Sigatoka on the main island's southern coast.

Pictures were posted of locals and holidaymakers moving to higher ground.

Local Kelvin Anthony's office in Suva was briefly evacuated but workers were allowed to return shortly after.

"It was an hour 30 minutes of rush and then we are back in office. Sipping coffee. Eating cake. Hustling," he tweeted.

At least three aftershocks have been recorded nearby, according to Geoscience Australia.

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