Sunday, April 24, 2011

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Solomon Islands

An earthquake measuring 6.9 degrees on the Richter scale rocked the Solomon Islands, South Pacific, but the authorities have reports of casualties or damage. Nor has launched the tsunami alert. The epicenter of the quake was located 81 kilometers deep, 77 kilometers west of the island of Kira Kira and 171 miles southeast of Honiara, the capital, said U.S.

Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity worldwide. Solomon Islands, east of Papua New Guinea, are based on the "Ring of Fire" Pacific, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity recorded about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most moderate. In April 2007, an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude on the Richter scale triggered a tsunami that killed 30 people and flattened part of the town of Gizo in this archipelago.

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