Two Strong Earthquakes Struck Solomon Islands




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Two strong earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands on Sunday, triggering
tsunami warnings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

People throughout the Pacific island chain awoke to a
strong quake at 7:14 a.m., government spokesman George Herming said. People on
Makira and nearby islands southeast of the capital, Honiara, reported seeing
three large waves after that temblor, he said.


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The magnitude-7.6 quake’s epicenter was 323 kilometers
(200 miles) southeast of Honiara, at a depth of 29 kilometers (18 miles),
according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Following the morning quake, the Pacific Tsunami
Warning Center canceled a tsunami warning after issuing an alert for some
Pacific islands. The center reported that sea level readings indicated a small
tsunami was generated that may have caused some destruction near the epicenter.
Late Sunday night, a magnitude-7.4 quake struck in the
same area at a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles), the USGS said. The Pacific
Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and
Papua New Guinea following that temblor.


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The Solomon Islands, home to 600,000 people, was
already reeling from devastating flash floods that struck Honiara and other
areas April 3. The floods have killed 23 people and left 9,000 more homeless.
Herming said up to 30 more people remain missing.
“It has really been a tough time,” he said.
Andrew Catford, the Solomon Islands country director
for World Vision, said after the morning quake that the aid group’s staff in
the Kirakira office in Makira province reported that there was no tsunami, but
strong currents and heavy waves pounding the reefs. He said the group’s staff
evacuated to higher ground as a precaution.
“We felt this one strongly in Honiara. It was
close to 30 seconds long,” he said.
The Solomon Islands lies on the “Ring of
Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around
the Pacific Rim.


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Wow sorry to the victims

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Ehya sorry…

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