Major Earthquake, Santa Cruz Islands

A major shallow earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands, early this afternoon.

Early reports put the quake’s magnitude between 6.9 and 7.4 at a depth of 35 km. The earthquake, which struck at 1:05 p.m. New Zealand time on Sunday September 2nd, 2007 was located 95 km south of Lata in the Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomons.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin at 1:21 p.m. indicating that a widespread tsunami event was unlikely, but a local wave may have been generated.

Today’s earthquake follows a magnitude 4.9 quake on Friday and a magnitude 5.1 quake on Thusday in locations very close to today’s event.

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

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