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7.6-magnitude earthquake hits Pacific Ocean: 7.6-quake near Solomon Islands

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands on Sunday. Resulting damage and injuries have yet to be determined. FOX News reports April 12 that the quake happened at 7:14 a.m.

Government spokesman George Herming said people on Makira and surrounding islands claimed they saw three large waves after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Sunday, but was later canceled.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 200 miles southeast of Honiara and 18 miles deep.

600,000 people live on the Solomon Island. The people there are still recovering from flash floods that took place April 3. Now they have a 7.6 earthquake to recover from.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put out warnings for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea. People who live in the Pacific Northwest, such as California, Oregon, and Washington, are under no threat of a tsunami. Hawaii and Alaska are also free from any tsunami threats.

MSN wrote in their report that the 7.6-earthquake was in the "Ring of Fire" territory. It's a "highly seismically active zone where different plates on the earth's crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes."

An Oregon earthquake got the attention of residents in Portland last week. No damage to structures or any injuries were reported. An 8.0-quake is expected to hit that region anytime. The 7.6-magnitude quake is yet another reminder of how seismic the Pacific Ocean is.

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