February 6, 2013. Another powerful earthquake, its magnitude 8.0, occurred on Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Makira, a member of the Solomon Islands, According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The epicenter of the tremors was located at 348 kilometers east of the city Kirakira. The earthquake lies at a depth of 33 kilometers. Less than an hour ago in the same area was earthquake 6.3 magnitude.
Information about the devastation and casualties have been reported.
Passes through the Solomon Islands Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40,000 kilometers. It encircles the Pacific Ocean, runs through along the coast of North and South America to southern Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and the south-western Pacific.
An earthquake in the Pacific Ocean: Russia is no threat to the coast
February 6, 2013. Tsunami that occurred after a powerful earthquake magnitude 8.0 in Solomon Islands, The Pacific coast of Russia is not the threat. The chief of the Sakhalin Tsunami Center Tatiana Ivelskaya. According to her, at one of the stations of the tsunami, located near the epicenter of the earthquake have already noted the appearance of a wave height of one meter.
Earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey has recorded several earthquakes in the Pacific, in the Solomon Islands. The most powerful of these occurred near the island of Makira, its magnitude was 8.0. About an hour before there was recorded first magnitude earthquake 6.3.
After a powerful underground strike on Wednesday in the Solomon Islands was still five aftershocks. Their magnitudes ranged from 5.6 to 6.6. Sakhalin Tsunami Center is monitoring the situation, reports