Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands, tsunami warning

Magnitude 7 earthquake in Solomon Islands, tsunami warning

UPDATE DAY

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, the USGS said, with witnesses speaking of tremors that knocked televisions and other objects to the ground. < /p>

A tsunami warning has been issued about 300 km from the earthquake's epicenter, located 55 km from the capital Honiara, according to the American Institute of Geological Studies (USGS) and the Warning Center to the Pacific Tsunamis (PTWC).

“It was a big” earthquake, Joy Nisha, receptionist at the Heritage Park hotel in Honiara, told AFP, adding: “Some objects in the hotel fell. Everyone seems to be fine, but panicked.”

An AFP journalist in the capital said the tremor lasted about 20 seconds. Electricity was cut in some areas of the city and people were leaving their offices to take refuge in high places.

The USGS has revised the magnitude of the earthquake to 7, after initially announcing 7, 3. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 km at 1:03 p.m. local time (02:03 GMT).

Waves of one to three meters high are possible on the coasts of the Solomon Islands, and less than three meters on the coasts of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, according to the PTWC.