Solomon Islands quake: Tsunami warning cancelled

Sydney, Dec 9 (IANS) The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled a tsunami alert it had issued for parts of the South Pacific soon after a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck off the Solomon Islands on Thursday.

The quake, which occurred at 17:39 UTC on Thursday, centred about 68 kilometres southwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands, Xinhua reported.

It struck at a depth of 48 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The warning centre had issued a tsunami alert for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia and Tuvalu and Kosrae.

“Based on all available data … the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed,” the centre said.