Earthquake Watch: Strong 6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

Posted on February 14, 2012


Sydney, Feb 14, 2012 (AFP) – – A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Solomon Islands Tuesday but there was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami and no reports of damage, US seismologists said.

The quake hit at 7:19 pm local time (0819 GMT), 176 kilometres (110 miles) southeast of the capital Honiara at a depth of 54 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no destructive widespread tsunami threat” based on historical data.

“However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre,” it added.


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