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Powerful Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on June 26, 2010

Powerful Earthquake Measuring Up To 7.2Mw Strikes Solomon Islands

The offshore quake struck about 55 km (35 miles) WSW of Kira Kira, on Makira Island, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl., and 210 km southeast of the capital Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey EHP said.

The quake epicentered at  10.636°S, 161.443°E and struck at a depth of about 35 kilometres, at 05:30 UTC, and was said to be one of the strongest earthquakes to strike Honiara in more than a decade.

Panicked residents in the capital, fearing a tsunami, were seen fleeing to higher grounds, reports said.

Tsunami Status:

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude:  6.7 [USGS/EHP Estimate]
  • Date-Tim:
    • Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 05:30:19 UTC
    • Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 04:30:19 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 10.636°S, 161.443°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Distances
    • 55 km (35 miles) WSW of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.
    • 210 km (130 miles) SE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    • 220 km (140 miles) SSE of Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands
    • 2,070 km (1280 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.8 km (3.0 miles);
  • Sourc: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010xzal

Earthquake Location Map. Source:  USGS/EHP

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