Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

BY ANISSA GROUT 

CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR 

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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Solomon Islands according to The Weather Channel, the epicenter was located about 42 miles west-southwest of Kirakira, and some 120 miles southeast of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. The tremor, which struck at a depth of about 25 miles, occurred at 4:38 a.m. Friday morning local time (9:38 a.m. Thursday PST).

It wasn’t immediately known if the massive earthquake triggered a tsunami, but the tremors didn’t cause any major damage or injuries, the Associated Press (AP)  reported. Some power outages were reported in the Solomon Islands, the AP added.

Immediately after the quake struck, a tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), however the alert was later canceled. The PTWC said waves of up to 3 meters (10 feet) were still possible along the coast of the Solomon Islands and smaller tsunami waves could hit Papua New Guinea.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck early on Saturday around 6:10 a.m. (11:10 a.m. Friday PST) off the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake had a depth of 10 km (6 miles) and its epicenter was 89 km west of Kirakira. There was no immediate tsunami threat, the PTWC said.

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