A massive earthquake, reaching a magnitude of 7.7-7.8 has hit near the Solomon Islands, which resulted in an electrical blackout in several areas, along with several homes crumbling, and several emergency statements of impending tsunamis to hit the islands.
The earthquake started around 4:38 am, reports say. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) made an immediate statement saying that “Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae.”
As of now, a tsunami alert has been cancelled for the island of Hawaii. While authorities in Australia have stated that they see no threat to their coasts, New Zealand has yet to examine the full potential threat if any for theirs.
The earthquake hit about 120 miles south-east to the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara. Although the quake was said to have penetrated about 25-30 miles deep into the ground, this usually amounts to less destruction on the ground above.
Currently no casualties have been confirmed and the total evaluation of the damage caused is unknown, but the US Geological Survey warned that waves that reach 1-3 meters high can be expected to strike the area.
It was reported though that the threat had ceased to be of value once the hours passed.
History of Quakes
The Solomon islands have a history of falling victim to dominant earthquakes, as it is situated in what is referred to as the ‘Ring of Fire’ zone in the Pacific ocean, which sees major tectonic movement, as well as volcanic eruptions.
‘The earthquake was one of the biggest and longest I have ever felt. I was born here in Honiara and lived here most of my life,” said Tali Hong, a resident and survivor of the recent quake.