Magnitude 7 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

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Tuesday brought a powerful earthquake to the Solomon Islands, according to the US Geological Survey.

The US Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 7 earthquake occurred 19 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of Malango, Solomon Islands, at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles).

Earlier reports indicated that authorities issued a tsunami warning for Honiara and the surrounding area shortly after the earthquake, but that it was later lifted.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service stated in a Facebook post, "There is no tsunami threat to the Solomon Islands, but unusual sea currents are expected around most coastal waters."

"People are also advised to remain vigilant as aftershocks are anticipated," the report continued.

Photos shared on social media by locals depicted property damage.

However, officials have not yet reported any casualties.

Since 2000, there have been 16 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater within 250 kilometers (155 meters) of this event. The largest was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that occurred approximately 215 kilometers (133 meters) to the southeast on December 8, 2016, according to the US Geological Survey.

Publish : 2022-11-22 14:26:00

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