Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred on Tuesday in the South Pacific islands of Santa Cruz, the state-owned Solomon Islands.
According to the Australian Seismological Service, the epicenter of the disaster was at a depth of 100 km. Aftershocks were felt in a radius of 206 km. Information on the destruction and casualties were reported.
Frequent earthquakes in this remote area of Oceania is not uncommon. Santa Cruz Islands are part of the so-called Ring of Fire, rise above the three giant tectonic plates that are constantly shifting, releasing enormous amounts of energy.
In 2007, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in the Solomon Islands, killing more than 50 people. Then left homeless thousands of islanders, according to ITAR-TASS.