2016-12-09 00:00:00

Sidney, – An earthquake with magnitude 7.8 occurred 68km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands on Friday.

A tsunami warning has since been issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru. The USGS initially reported the quake as 8.0, but later downgraded it to 7.8.

The epicentre of the quake was registered at a depth of 48.7km, according to USGS.

“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae,” stated the warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

Source: Qatar News Agency