6.9 magnitude quake strikes Solomon Islands
July 18, Sydney: An Earthquake of 6.9 magnitude has hit the South Pacific Ocean near Solomon Islands on Saturday.
The quake which had previously been said to be of 7.5 Richter scale had prompted a tsunami warning.”Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of the Solomon Islands,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PWTC). However, PTWC called off its tsunami warning in a follow-up message. No information on damage or casualties in the vicinity of the quake’s epicenter was immediately available.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was centered northwest of Lata, a provincial capital, at a depth of 10 kilometers. Approximately, 550 people live in the town near the epicenter, the preliminary warning issued by the PTWC had covered a much wider region including states from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to Australia and even New Zealand.
The Oslo Times