Big quake in Pacific prompts tsunami warnings in islands

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UPDATE (1 p.m.)

HONOLULU (AP) – A tsunami warning for Hawaii has been canceled.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there’s no threat of tsunami waves for Hawaii. The state had been placed under a tsunami watch Thursday after an earthquake in the Solomon Islands.

A watch is the lowest level of alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the 7.7-magnitude quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake 43 miles (69 kilometers) west-southwest of Kirakira occurred at a depth of about 49 kilometers (30 miles).

ORIGINAL STORY

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck near the Pacific’s Solomon Islands, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to warn that tsunami waves were possible in several South Pacific islands.

The center said Friday it was investigating whether there was any tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The quake was centered about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. The epicenter was relatively deep at 48 kilometers (30 miles) below the surface. Deeper quakes generally cause less damage on the ground.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cautioned that tsunami waves were possible in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and in Kosrae, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Solomon Islands are located in the Pacific’s geologically active “Ring of Fire.”

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