70 magnitude earthquake shakes Solomon Islands and tsunami warning issued

7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Solomon Islands and tsunami warning issued

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Solomon Islandsaccording to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and caused the activation of a tsunami warning by the Pacific Alert Center.

The tsunami warning affects a coastal area of ​​the Solomon Islands within a radius of 300 kilometers from the epicenter.

Until now no injuries or deaths have been reported, but people in the capital Honiara reported significant shaking for about 20 seconds.

Amid immediate tsunami warnings, 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 threat had largely passed.

The quake struck shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time (02:00 GMT), at a depth of 9 miles and 11 miles southwest of the coast, according to the US Geological Survey.

It caused power outages and caused some in Honiara to run out of buildings.

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

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

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