A powerful earthquake in the Solomon Islands

A powerful earthquake in the Solomon Islands Natural Disasters

Earthquake measuring 6.6 points recorded in the early morning January 9, 2012 in the Solomon Islands. The epicenter is located 38.9 km deep, 75 km west-north-west of. Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, 355 km to the east of Kira-Kira, about. San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, 584 km east-south-east of Honiara, on. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 1970 kilometers east of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 2267 km north-east of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Tihoookeansky Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) does not report damage or tsunami threat.

The region is located in the south-western Pacific Ocean and is characterized by high seismic activity along with Japan. Of 349 large earthquakes in the 7 or more points for the period from 1973 to 2012, 19 occurred near the Solomon Islands, about 16 of Papua New Guinea, 14 near Vanautu, 3 — Australia.

The last serious earthquake in the islands occurred on 1 January 2010, with the force of 7.1 points. Was destroyed 16 homes, damaged about 60.

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