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Earthquake hits Solomon Islands

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the
Solomon Islands on Saturday, the US Geological Survey
said, but the threat of a Pacific tsunami in the tremor-prone
region was thought to have mostly passed.

The shallow tremor was centred about 78 kilometres (48
miles) west-northwest of Lata in the Solomon Islands and
about 583 kilometres from the capital Honiara, it said, after
revising it down from an initial estimate of 7.5.
Geoscience Australia, which estimated the quake at 7.3-
magnitude, said it was possible that a local tsunami could
have been generated within several hundred kilometres
(miles) of the jolt.

But the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center,
which said its estimate on the quake’s size was 6.9, said
that based on all data available “the tsunami threat from
this earthquake has now mostly passed”.

“Minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 metres above and
below the normal tide may continue over the next few
hours,” it added.

The Solomons are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a zone
of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions.

“It’s large but it’s not the largest,” Geoscience’s Eddie
Leask told AFP of Saturday’s quake.

“The main risk is obviously the earthquake shaking. This is
an area which regularly experiences these throughout

In 2013, the Solomons were hit by a tsunami after an 8.0-
magnitude quake, leaving at least 10 people dead and
thousands homeless after buildings were destroyed

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