A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands were struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, prompting residents to flee to higher ground.

Australia’s embassy, ​​airport and shopping centers were damaged. The quake also triggered power outages in the capital, Honiara.

Solomon Islands government spokesman George Herming said he was in his office on the second floor of a building in the capital Honiara when the earthquake struck the city.

“It’s a huge thing that shocked everyone,” he said.

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People gather in front of closed shops in Honiara, Solomon Islands, after an earthquake, Tuesday, April 11, 2022.

People gather in front of closed shops in Honiara, Solomon Islands, after an earthquake, Tuesday, April 11, 2022.

“We have tables and desks, books and everything that’s scattered everywhere as a result of the earthquake, but there is no major damage to structure or buildings,” Herming continued.

The spokesman said there are no tall high-rise buildings in the Solomon Islands that could be vulnerable to an earthquake, noting that the city was experiencing panic and congestion as people tried to drive to higher ground.

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A powerful earthquake shook the Solomon Islands on Tuesday afternoon, knocking over tables and sending people to higher ground.

A powerful earthquake shook the Solomon Islands on Tuesday afternoon, knocking over tables and sending people to higher ground.

The earthquake’s epicenter was in the ocean about 56 kilometers, or 35 miles, southwest of Honiara at a depth of 13 kilometers, or 8 miles, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned of potentially dangerous waves for the area, but later downgraded a tsunami warning.

The Solomon Islands were struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, prompting residents to flee to higher ground.

The Solomon Islands were struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, prompting residents to flee to higher ground.

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The Solomon Islands lie on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are more common.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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