Solomon Islands Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Alert In South Pacific

Solomon Islands Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Alert In South Pacific

Solomon Islands earthquake: Hazardous tsunami waves are possible in the south Pacific.

Highlights

  • The earthquake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 temblor
  • Solomon Islands are located north east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean
  • A tsunami warning has been issued to all surrounding islands
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning across a wide area of the South Pacific.

The quake struck at 4:38 a.m. (1738 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 40 km, the US Geological Survey said. It was initially reported to be of magnitude 8.0.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae," the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.

But PTWC cancelled an initial tsunami watch alert for Hawaii.

"Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii," the PTWC said.

Australian authorities also said there was no risk to its coastlines, while the New Zealand Civil Defence office said it was evaluating the threat.

Calls to emergency services officials in the Solomons and Vanuatu rang out.
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