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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami warning issued

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Solomon IslandsAccording to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Caused activation of tsunami warning by the Pacific Warning Center.

Tsunami warnings affect a coastal area of ​​the Solomon Islands within a radius of 300 km from the epicenter.

So far No injuries or deaths were reported, but people in the capital Honiara felt tremors for about 20 seconds.

Amidst an immediate tsunami warning, the Prime Minister’s Office advised locals to move to higher ground.

A separate authority, the US-backed Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, also said the danger had largely passed.

The earthquake occurred shortly after 1:00 pm local time (02:00 GMT), 9 miles southwest of the coast and at a depth of 11 miles. According to the US Geological Survey.

This caused power outages and destroyed some buildings in Honiara.

The attorney general of the Solomon Islands posted pictures on Twitter of filing cabinets scattered on the ground and documents spilling after the quake.

for now, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that dangerous waves are possible on the islands of the region. The earthquake could generate waves up to 3 feet above tidal level in the Solomon Islands.

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