A busy morning with earthquakes in the Pacific Thursday morning. Solomon Islands was hit by a major one, Hawaii Tsunami Watch issued and cancelled and it all started with a major quake close to Northern California, USA.
Initially measured as an 8.0 and later downgraded to 7.7 strong earthquake, the Solomon Island was hit this Thursday morning. The Earthquake triggered immediate Tsunami Warnings for the region and a tsunami watch was extended also to the US State of Hawaii and the extended Hawaiian Islands.
Warnings were triggered in Vanuatu and New Caledonia as well.
The earthquake at Solomon Islands was recorded at 7.39 am Hawaiian Time. The Tsunami Watch for Hawaii was issued at 7.46 am and canceled at 8.36 am
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the quake’s epicenter was 63 kilometers southwest of Kirakira, with a depth of 40 kilometers.
The USGS reported a 5.5-magnitude aftershock to hit the same region following the initial quake.
Earlier another powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Northern California coast in the United States Thursday morning.
The quake occurred about 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, near the Oregon state line, at about 6:50 a.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage