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According to the most recent reports, the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands was downgraded to a 6.9-magnitude. Furthermore, the National Weather Service has cancelled the tsunami warning for regions near the epicenter.
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, a magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck an area near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The quake hit at 2:27 a.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) around52 miles northwest of Lata, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The eastern edge of the Australia tectonic plate is one of the most active regions in the world, considering its placement on the Ring of Fire. Seismic activity in the area often cause high-magnitude earthquakes and tsunamis. The USGS is currently monitoring for aftershocks.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas within 300 kilometers of the epicenter of the Solomon Islands earthquake. A tsunami is currently not expected for Canada or the West Coast of the United States, including Alaska.
Residents in the area 300 kilometers from the earthquake are to seek shelter at higher elevations. There is no information regarding casualties from the initial quake.
By Alex Lemieux
USGS: M7.5 – 75km WNW of Lata, Solomon Islands
National Weather Service: NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
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