A magnitude 7 earthquake was recorded a few kilometers from the Solomon Islands archipelago, the American Institute of Geological Studies (USGS) said on Tuesday.
In the aftermath of an earthquake in Indonesia, a new tremor was recorded on Tuesday in Oceania, near the Solomon Islands. A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, according to the USGS, with witnesses speaking of tremors that tossed televisions and other objects to the ground.
A tsunami warning has been issued for an area of about 300 km around the epicenter of the earthquake, located 55 km from the capital Honiara. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) later said the threat was “largely” averted.
“Aftershocks are expected so people should remain vigilant around buildings and tall structures due to the (power) of the earthquake,” warned David Hiba Hiriasia, director of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service. .
“Everyone seems to be fine, but panicked”
“It was a big” earthquake, said Joy Nisha, receptionist at the Heritage Park hotel in Honiara, adding: “Some items in the hotel have fallen. Everyone seems fine, but panicked.”
A reporter in the capital said the tremor lasted about 20 seconds. Electricity was cut in certain parts of the city and people left their offices to take refuge in height.
The USGS has revised the magnitude of the earthquake to 7, after having initially announced 7.3. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 km at 1:03 p.m. local time.
Waves of one to three meters high are possible on the coasts of the Solomon Islands, and less than three meters on the coasts of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, according to the PTWC.