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No tsunami threat after quake
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11 September 2018
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THERE was no tsunami threat following an early morning earthquake in Makira Ulawa province, on Monday.

This was revealed by a statement issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service after an undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.7 which occurred at around 06:31am near Ugi Island, Makira province.

The statement revealed the earthquake’s epicentre is located approximately 67 kilometres NW of Kirakira town and a latitude 10.0 degrees South and Longitude 161.5 degrees east.

However, no tsunami threat was predicted but people close to Ugi Island and surroundings have been reminded to look out for unusual sea currents.

“Based on available data, there is no Tsunami Threat to Solomon Islands; however, people living near the coasts should look out for unusual sea currents,

“Be aware there may be aftershocks that can also cause damage,” the statement added.

The statement added that first assessment has been done by the Forecasting Section of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services.

“The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) at the NDMO Office will further assess and take over the warnings for the Solomon Islands,” the statement said.

People are encouraged to keep listening out for further updates through radio and other mediums available.

The early morning quake has sent many residents in Honiara out of their homes.


By IAN M.KAUKUI

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