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4/01/2007

Massive Quake Triggers Tsunami In South Pacific

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Solomon Islands
The Pacific region has been placed on alert after a major earthquake in the Solomon Islands has caused a new tsunami. / The Daily Telegraph
A TSUNAMI swept ashore causing damage to towns and villages in the Solomon Islands today following a powerful earthquake.
The quake has fuelled fears of a repeat of the 2004 disaster but local police at this stage are saying there are not yet any reports of casualties.
The tsunami followed after a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of up to 8.1 struck in the New Georgia Islands region, which had prompted the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre to issue a tsunami warning.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicentre within minutes to hours," the warning centre said. Geoscience Australia said it had since revised the quake's strength up from 7.6 to 8.1 on the Richter scale, based on updated calculations.
Stay tuned to Skywatch-Media for further updates as available
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