Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes near Solomon Islands

Saturday 12 April 2014 22.23
Image released by the USGS shows a shakemap of the location and intensity of earthquake near the coast of the Solomon Islands
Image released by the USGS shows a shakemap of the location and intensity of earthquake near the coast of the Solomon Islands

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck nearthe Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and surrounding areas, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A tsunami watch was ineffect for Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Guam and nearby areas.


              
Originally registering as magnitude 8.3, the quake was 100km south of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands at a depth of 29 km, according to USGS.

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