Major quake hits near Solomons, triggering tsunami warning

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Major quake hits near Solomons, triggering tsunami warning

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A major earthquake registering at magnitude 8 has hit near the Solomon Islands, with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) issuing a tsunami warning for a wide swathe of islands in the South Pacific.

The quake struck at a depth of 5.8km at 11.07am AEDT on Wednesday, near the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomon Islands nation.

The quake has been placed as being 70km west of Lata and nearly 600km from the national capital, Honiara.The PTWC warned that the large quake could trigger a ‘‘destructive tsunami’’ near the epicentre.

The centre has issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna.

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A tsunami watch has been issued for Australia and New Zealand, and all the way to Indonesia.

The Solomon Islands form part of the Ring of Fire, a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific Ocean that is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/major-quake-hits-near-solomons-triggering-tsunami-warning-20130206-2dxso.html#ixzz2K52CVw53

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