An earthquake has hit both the Solomon Islands and China today, with respective magnitudes of 4.7 and 4.5. The first instance occurred at 14:29 UTC and the second at 10:58 UTC.
The region in the Islands that is said to have been affected is 95km SSE of the township of Kirakira, the provincial capital of Makira-Ulawa. The population of this place is around 2,400. There is no word yet as to any damage the quake caused, or whether anybody was injured or died as a result. It is certainly not the most significant earthquake the region has season; earlier this year, a 6.0 quake rocked the area of Arawa, North Solomons, in Papa New Guinea.
The earthquake in China took place in Xianjiang, located in the north-west part of the country. The same can be said in regards to more details needing to come to light surrounding the aftermath of the natural disaster, as well as the fact that it was not the worst quake the country had been subject to this year. Earlier in 2015, a 6.4 magnitude disaster affected the area of Suao, Taiwan.
By Rebecca Grace
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