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7.8 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands, Triggers Tsunami Warnings

The earthquake struck in the Solomon Islands/Photo: USGS
7.8 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands, Triggers Tsunami Warnings

The earthquake hit 40 miles west-southwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands about 30 miles deep.

Several Pacific Islands received tsunami warnings Thursday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake near the Solomon Islands triggered a possibility for dangerous waves.

A tsunami warning initially issued for Hawaii was cancelled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

But the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea still were under watch with a hazardous tsunami risk, while American Samoa, Australia, Indonesia and other islands faced a possibility of receiving smaller waves.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit 40 miles west-southwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands about 30 miles deep.

The Solomon Islands are located in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” home to frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity due to the collision of tectonic plates in the region.

Source/teleSUR
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