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Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii after 7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A great earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands this morning.

A tsunami watch for Hawaii has been canceled after a preliminary 7.8 earthquake in the Solomon Islands.

The National Weather Service canceled the watch after an investigation for a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the preliminary 7.8 quake struck at 7:38 a.m. 42.4 miles west-southwest of Kirakira, Solomon Island at a depth of 29.8 miles. An initial bulletin from the agency reported a 8.0-magnitude quake.

“Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii,” Pacific Tsunami Warning Center officials said in a bulletin.

Tsunami waves up to 3 to 6 feet above the tide level are possible for some coasts of the Solomon Islands, according to PTWC officials. Also, tsunami waves of 1 to 3 feet above tide level are possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

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