Five people were killed in the Solomon Islands in the earthquake on Wednesday night, a few people are still missing, according to the website of New Zealand television channel TVNZ.
Earthquake of magnitude 8.0 occurred on Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Makira, part of the Solomon Islands. The epicenter of earthquake was located in 348 kilometers east of Kirakira. The earthquake lies at a depth of 33 kilometers. An hour earlier in the same area was zemletryaseniemagnitudoy 6.3.
The earthquake destroyed several villages on the islands. According to a source at a hospital in Lata, killing five people, one of them — a boy aged 10-12 years. In turn, the Agence France-Presse reported three wounded.
Across the Pacific Solomon Islands is a "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40,000 kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific.