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Earthquakes shake the Solomon Islands

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Two earthquakes in the same day strike off the coast of the Solomon Islands on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The second and stronger quake occurred late Sunday night at 11:36 p.m. local time, according to USA Today.

The epicenter was just over 200 miles southeast of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, with a depth of 12 miles under the sea. The earthquake registered a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, the first earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands. Large waves followed, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The first quake was a 7.6 magnitude at 7:14 a.m. local time on Sunday, with an epicenter approximately 60 miles south east of Kira-Kira and at a depth of 18 miles. There are no reports of casualties or major damage to the area.

Large waves soon followed and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning on the Solomon Islands and surrounding area, including Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. Fortunately, there was no tsunami and the warning was later cancelled.

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