Earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hits Solomon Islands, Tsunami warning issued

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is said to be one of the strongest earthquakes of the year 2016 till now. 

According to USGS (United states Geological Survey), the epicentre of the quake, which was hit at 4:38 am on Friday was located at a depth of 48 kilometres to the west of Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of residents of chances of “hazardous tsunami waves” within the next three hours. Though there is no news of any loss of life or property until now.

The countries which are at high risk from the Tsunami are Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. A tsunami watch has also been issued for all the Hawaiian Islands. New Zealand civil defense has also issued an alert. The earthquake took place 30 kilometers off the island of Makira and 70 kilometers southwest of the city Kirakira in Solomon Islands. Also a few minutes after the quake another quake measuring 5.5 hit in the same area.

Solomon Islands is situated on the “Ring of fire” where 90 percent of earthquakes take place. The earthquake took place within hours after the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale taking place in North California. 

Sources: CNN, The Telegraph UK

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