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09 Sep 2018 | 08:25 PM UTC

Solomon Islands: 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes September 10

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6.5-magnitude earthquake hits Solomon Islands September 10; no tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/10/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Noumea). COUNTRY/REGION Solomon Islands

Event

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands at approximately 06:31 (local time) on Monday, September 10. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the epicenter of the quake was 65 km (40 mi) northwest of Kirakira. No tsunami warning was issued and no resultant casualties or material damages were immediately reported. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area in the coming hours and days.

Context

The region is in the active seismic belt called the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and frequently experiences earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis. Tsunamis are a series of slow-moving waves that can vary in height and time between crests.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area should monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local or regional authorities. In general, after a powerful earthquake, check for damages and take note of your surroundings. If indoors, shut off water, gas, and electricity lines and evacuate the building.

 

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