An Earthquake of Magnitude 7.6 hit the Solomon Islands at 1:14 pm PDT. The strong quake was located 62 miles SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands, 442 miles NW of Luganville, Vanuatu, and 575 miles SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea.
The quake initially caused tsunami alerts for locations such as Hawaii and Australia, but the alerts have since been downgraded to a tsunami watch.
The Solomon Islands are known to have frequent earthquakes as they are located where the 3000km Australian-Pacific plate. This region extends from south of Macquarie Island to the south Kermadec Island chain.
It is currently unknown whether any injuries or deaths were caused by the M7.6 quake. The extent of the damage is also unknown at this time.
By Brent Matsalla