Strong earthquake rocks Solomon Islands again

The Pacific is again on high alert for Tsunami waves after another strong earthquake rocked the Solomon Islands on Saturday.

A strong 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 100 km. west of Peka Island in the Solomons at 0610 AEDT at a depth of 88 km., Geoscience Australia said in a statement.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake's epicenter was 90 km. west of the provincial capital Kirakira, measuring a 6.9-magnitude shock at a depth of 10 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a Tsunami alert warning "hazardous tsunami waves" from one to three meters above high tide along the coastline, while waves up to 0.3 meters were forecast for the wider Pacific islands. By 0850 local time (AEDT), that threat had passed.

"Minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 meters above and below the normal tide may continue over the next few hours for coasts near the epicenter," the center said in its final warning bulletin.

The Pacific was on high alert for a Tsunami on Friday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the same area, causing widespread damage on the island of Makira.

The Australian government said they are ready to provide assistance through their pre-positioned supplies should they be requested.

Earthquakes are common for the Pacific Islands which border the 4,000-km.-long Pacific Australia plate to form part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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