Magnitude-7.6 Quake Strikes Off Solomon Islands

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
April 13, 2014; 4:10 AM ET
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A magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands on Sunday, local time, initially triggering tsunami warnings in the region.

The quake occurred at 4:14 p.m. EDT Saturday, 62 miles SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands. It was located at a depth of 18.2 miles, the United States Geological Survey said.

It was first reported as an 8.3-magnitude quake but was downgraded to a 7.6, the USGS said.

A shake map of the earthquake shows very strong shaking occurred on the Solomon Islands. (Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae. The warnings have since been canceled.

Waves of only 0.1 feet were reported by buoys in the area, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Hawaii and Australia were under no threat from a possible tsunami, the U.S. and Australian governments reported.

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The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management issued an advisory urging people not to be on beaches, or not to be out boating near the coast or in harbors or fisheries.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, The Associated Press reported.

The Solomon Islands are in a region where earthquakes typically occur but the recent temblor will be one of the larger ones for this year, Meteorologist Alan Reppart said.

"There will be patchy showers and maybe a thunderstorm through the week in the region," he said.

The earthquake is the second major natural event to affect the Solomons in the last eight days. Flash flooding killed at least 23 people and left thousands more homeless on Thursday, April 3.


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