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7.1Mw Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on April 11, 2010

Powerful 7.1Mw Earthquake strikes Solomon Islands 94 km (58 miles) WSW of Kira Kira

The earthquake occurred on Sunday April 11, at 09:40:31UTC striking at a depth of about 60km. The epicenter was located at 10.90ºS ; 161.16ºE.

A larger earthquake may strike the region.

Summary of Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 7.1Mw
  • Date time: 2010-04-11 at 09:40:31.0UTC
  • Location: 10.90ºS ; 161.16ºE
  • Depth 60 km (+/- 15 km)
  • Distances:
    • 1538 km E Port moresby (pop 283,733 ; local time 19:40 2010-04-11)
    • 213 km SE Honiara (pop 56,298 ; local time 20:40 2010-04-11)
    • 94 km SW Kira kira (pop 1,122 ; local time 20:40 2010-04-11)
  • Source:  European-Mediterranean Seismological Center

Earthquake Location Map. Click image to enlarge.

Tsunami Evaluation:
A destructive pacific-wide tsunami is not expected. However, local tsunami may occur. “Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.” PTWC said.

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