Huge quake rocks Solomon Islands, triggers tsunami alert | Reuters

SYDNEY A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning across a wide area of the South Pacific.The quake struck at 4:38 a.m. (12.38 p.m

Reuters December 09, 2016 01:00:07 IST
Huge quake rocks Solomon Islands, triggers tsunami alert
| Reuters

Huge quake rocks Solomon Islands triggers tsunami alert
 Reuters

SYDNEY A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning across a wide area of the South Pacific.The quake struck at 4:38 a.m. (12.38 p.m. ET Thursday) at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was initially reported to be of magnitude 8.0.There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties."Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae," the U.S.-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.

But PTWC canceled an initial tsunami watch alert for Hawaii. "Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii," the PTWC said.

Australian authorities also said there was no risk to its coastlines, while the New Zealand Civil Defence office said it was evaluating the threat.

Calls to emergency services officials in the Solomons and Vanuatu rang out. (Reporting by Robin Pomeroy, Jane Wardell and Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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