Earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 6.5 occurred off the island of San Cristobal, Solomon Islands

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred yesterday off the island of San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, and today there recorded aftershocks of magnitude 6.5 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake was located 69 kilometers from the city of Kirakira. The focus lies at a depth of 41 kilometers. Was initially announced the magnitude of 8.1, but later lowered to 7.8.

Kirakira, Solomon Islands
69.1 km (43.0 mi) WSW
Population: 1,122
Honiara, Solomon Islands
204.4 km (127.0 mi) SE
Population: 56,298
Arawa, Papua New Guinea
802.8 km (498.8 mi) SE
Population: 40,266
Luganville, Vanuatu
828.8 km (515.0 mi) NW
Population: 13,397
Port-Vila, Vanuatu
1085.6 km (674.5 mi) NW
Population: 35,901

The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Pacific ocean, 69 kilometers South-West of the city of Kirakira, located on the island of San Cristobal. Pacific center for tsunami warning in the area of the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and several Islands were declared a threat of a tsunami in height from 30 inches up to 1-3 meters. However, the coast has come a wave of about 12 inches, the tsunami threat lifted.

Strong tremors were felt in many parts of the island of San Cristobal, including in the towns of Honiara and Kirakira. Information on victims and destructions has to date not been reported. In the region, the ongoing aftershocks. The magnitude of the most powerful of them was 6.5, and the rest were from 4.8 to 5.6.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred in the Solomon Islands. The focus lies at a depth of 15 km. the Epicenter was located 79 km from the village of Kirakira.

Kirakira, Solomon Islands
79.0 km (49.1 mi) WSW
Population: 1,122
Honiara, Solomon Islands
214.0 km (133.0 mi) SE
Population: 56,298
Arawa, Papua New Guinea
810.8 km (503.8 mi) SE
Population: 40,266
Luganville, Vanuatu
820.1 km (509.6 mi) NW
Population: 13,397
Port-Vila, Vanuatu
1075.4 km (668.2 mi) NW
Population: 35,901