Magnitude 7.6 quake hits near Solomon Islands, generates tsunami warning

by Reuters
Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:09 GMT

(New throughout, updates with tsunami watch for Australia and Indonesia cancelled)

April 13 (Reuters) - A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning with enough force to generate a tsunami warning for the immediate surrounding area, according to U.S. government agencies.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. An earlier tsunami watch for Fiji, Australia, Indonesia and nearby areas was cancelled after the earthquake was revised down from its original magnitude of 8.3.

While a magnitude 7.0 earthquake is capable of causing widespread destruction, there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was 60 miles (100 km) south of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands at a depth of 18 miles (29 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Reporting by Lisa Shumaker in Chicago; Editing by David Gregorio)

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