South Pacific - A tsunami alert for the South Pacific states has been issued after a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck off the Solomon Islands.
The U.S. Geological Center said the earthquake struck at 7:39 a.m. local time, Monday—about 10 kms. beneath the sea floor.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says an earthquake of that strength could cause a destructive tsunami. The centre issued a warning for the Solomon Islands and neighbouring Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Meteorological Agency is looking into the possibility of tidal waves hitting the Japanese archipelago. [CTV]
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