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January 5, 2010 / Dave Gorham

6.9 Quake Hits Solomons

Less than three hours ago an earthquake centered near the Solomon Islands triggered tsunami alerts across many areas of the Pacific. The quake registered 6.9 magnitude. Authorities measure sea level readings and those readings indicate a tsunami was generated. However, with no destructive waves felt on coastlines within two hours of the expected arrival times authorities feel the threat has passed. Some areas may continue to experience changes in sea level and/or tidal changes for several hours, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center anticipates no further warnings related to this occurrence.

The Richter Scale shows that a 6.9 quake is at the upper end of the "Strong" and just under the "Major" category.

Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps

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