8.0 Pacific quake triggers Tsunami warning to Solomon Islands, nearby areasBy Angel Cuala on Feb 6, 2013 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Science •
An 8.0-magntiude earthquake hits Santa Cruz Islands, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean and part of the Solomon Islands, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:12:27 p.m (local time). This triggered the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to immediately issue a tsunami warning to the affected areas.
8.0 Pacific quake map (Solomon Islands)
Image Credit: USGS.gov
As reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the 8.0 Pacific quake occurred at 81 km (50 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands, and 581 km (361 miles) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands; and has a depth of 28.7 km (17.8 miles). A 6.3-magnitude was recorded hours before, and two strong aftershocks (6.4 and 6.6) shortly followed.
Meanwhile, a tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis, and Futuna islands. Other nearby areas such as Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia are now being closely watched.
There were no immediate reports of damage to properties, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center noted the strong earthquake may have been destructive to the coasts near its epicenter and may also pose threat to more distant coasts. Reports said that locals of Honiara, Solomon‘s capital, did not feel the quake.
In the Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) an Alert Level 1, which means there is no order for evacuation, but rather to wait for further information and to prepare for possible evacuation. The agency mentioned the local provinces that are affected in the said alert.
Phivolcs noted that Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur, are among them.
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