Strong Quake, Santa Cruz Islands

A strong, shallow earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands in the south Pacific late this evening.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake at a depth of 38 km struck 150 km west-south-west of Lata in the Santa Cruz Islands at 9:27 p.m. on Saturday the 19th of July 2008 New Zealand time. The Solomon Islands quake was located 285 km east-south-east of Kira Kira, San Cristobal (525 km east-south-east of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which also recorded the quake as magnitude 6.7 at a depth of 47 km, issued bulletins for the Pacific and Hawaii areas at 9:40 p.m. NZST advising that a widespread tsunami threat did not exist based on historical data.

The earthquake was followed shortly after by a shallow magnitude 5.6 quake 7 minutes later at the same location according to provisional data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies; and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

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