SYDNEY: An Earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale has struck off the Solomon Islands on Monday. However, no signs of tsunami were detected in the tremor prone region.
“The shallow quake was centred some 186 kilometres southwest of Dadali and 214 kilometres from the capital Honiara”, the US Geological Survey said.
The Pacific tsunami warning Center based in Hawaii, which also measured the quake at 6.9 said that is not expecting a destructive pacific-wide tsunami.
The officials of the Australian Government, who estimated the intensity of the Earthquake to be 6.8 also declared that there were no threats of a tsunami. The Geological agency of Australia said that the vibrations of the quake has been felt over several hundred kilometers of area in the Solomon Islands.
“The intensity of the quake is felt over several hundred kilometers. But there should not be a tsunami and hopefully not too much of damage. The fact that the epicenter of the quake is away from the main populations of the Solomon Islands and also under the sea rather than on land could also limit any impact”, Geoscience’s duty seismologist Hugh Glanville said.
The Solomons are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and Glanville said these kinds of tremors were “common in the region”., the Times of India reports.
In 2013, ten Solomons died and thousands were left homeless when the Islands were hit by a tsunami followed by a 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
The details of the property damage due to the current earthquake are yet to be determined.