2 tremors shake Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands authorities said no tsunami warning would be issued after two earthquakes on Tuesday afternoon, including one measuring 7.0 just off the southwest coast.

The first quake struck at a depth of 15 km, about 16 km southwest of the Malango area, according to the United States Geological Survey, which initially put its magnitude at 7.3.

A second magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck nearby 30 minutes later.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service said there was no tsunami threat for the country but warned of unusual sea currents in coastal areas.

“People are also being advised to be vigilant as more aftershocks are expected,” a worker said on social media.

Widespread power outages are being reported across the island and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting said in a statement on Facebook that all radio services have been broadcast.

The National Disaster Management Office said it had received reports that people had felt the quake but was awaiting reports of damage.

“People in Honiara moved to higher ground in the minutes after the earthquake, but some have now moved down,” an official told Reuters by phone.

Seismology Fiji said the quake does not pose an immediate tsunami threat to the archipelagic nation about 2,000km to the southeast.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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