Strong 8.0 Earthquake Causes Tsunami in South Pacific, Generates Data
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale just happened in the night to February 6, with the epicenter quite shallow at a depth of 5.8km at Santa Cruz Islands, 347km east of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake generated a tsunami with a wave amplitude of 0.91m according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, which issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna.
"It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distance coasts. Authorities should take appropriate action in response to this possibility," the PTWC said.
People are currently advised to move to higher grounds as a precaution. The damages in Temotu are currenlty being assessed by the local Disaster Office.