Twin Powerful Quakes Strike Solomon Islands, No Tsunami Threat to U.S., Pacific Regions
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | April 14, 2014 12:02 PM EST
Solomon Islands has been struck by twin powerful quakes on Sunday. A 7.6 tremor woke the residents of Solomon's capital Honiara early Sunday. The second, also powerful 7.5, struck almost at midnight. Reports of casualties and damages have yet to be made.
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Houses can be seen falling into the Mataniko River as a result of severe flooding near the capital Honiara in the Solomon Islands in this picture released by World Vision April 6, 2014. Local media reported that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed 17 dead in severe flooding in the country, and an estimated 12,000 people have been affected by the flooding in the capital Honiara, and 37,000 affected in Guadalcanal Province. REUTERS/Rachel Skeates/World Vision/Handout
"So far we have received no reports of damage," Constable Taylor Fugo from the Kira Kira police told Reuters. "The people responded very well to the (tsunami) warning. They all went up the hills and have been watching and waiting for advice."
An earlier issued tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea were later cancelled by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
U.S. officials likewise ruled out a tsunami threat to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska.
The morning temblor, which first struck at 7:14 am, was followed by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock 10 minutes later. Its epicentre was recorded about 300 kilometres from the capital city of Honiara.
The evening temblor with a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) occurred at 11:36 pm local time (1236 GMT), 111 kilometres south of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands.
Locals have been warned by the National Disaster Council to stay away from low-lying areas as the islands experienced high waves, the AFP reported.
"People are moving away from the coasts and are going up into the hills, but I have not heard of any damage," Dorothy Wickham, a resident from Honiara, told AFP.
Just a week ago, 19 people died from after Solomon Islands got engulfed from a massive flash flood following days of heavy rain.
Cyclone Ita brought those massive rainfalls.
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