Tsunami warning issued
Major earthquake near the Solomon Islands
A tsunami warning was issued because of a severe earthquake. The epicenter is near the Solomon Islands.
A major earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.
A major earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Tuesday. The US earthquake control center put the magnitude at 7.0, other measuring stations at up to 7.3. The tremor occurred at noon (local time) near Malango in the province of Guadalcanal at a depth of around ten kilometers. The tsunami warning system in the USA warned of an impending tsunami.
The Solomon Islands are made up of hundreds of islands and lie east of New Guinea. Surrounding island states include Tuvalu, Fiji and Vanuatu.
More than 160 people were killed in an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java on Monday. Both the Solomon Islands and Indonesia lie on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on earth. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common there.