April 13, 2014 – A 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Struck the Solomon Islands: A strong earthquake struck offshore near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday morning, causing officials to issue a tsunami warning for the area. There were no immediate reports of damage.
The tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The United States Geological Survey put the earthquake’s magnitude at 7.6, revised downward from initial estimates of 8.3. Strong earthquakes are frequent in the region.
It was not initially known whether the earthquake generated a tsunami, the warning center said in a bulletin, adding that there appeared to be no threat of a “destructive Pacific-wide tsunami” or any danger to islands distant from the region, such as Hawaii.
Nevertheless, “an earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours,” the center said in its bulletin. “Authorities in the region should take appropriate action in response to this possibility.”
Update Apr-13, 2:32PM PDT: Fifteen earthquakes in 14 days, including an 8.2 and 7.6 in Chile, a 7.1 in PNG and a 7.6 and 7.4 in the Solomon Islands (through tomorrow at 2:32PM PDT). And the real frightening thing is that the worst is yet to come in the last half of April; most particularly April 20 to 24, 2014.
It now looks like we could have a significant subduction plate relief (“The Big One”) between PNG and the Solomon Islands. If this occurred then the brunt of the tsunami would be directed away from the Philippines toward Japan, but mostly toward Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and South America. The unknown is what else will occur, e.g., meteor strike, ocean landslide causing massive tsunami, or something completely unknown and unexpected.
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