The Solomon Islands have been rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, prompting residents to flee for greater floor.
Australia’s embassy, the airport and buying malls have been broken. The quake additionally triggered energy outages within the capital, Honiara.
Solomon Islands authorities spokesperson George Herming stated he was in his workplace on the second ground of a constructing within the capital metropolis of Honiara when the earthquake hit the town.
“It is an enormous one which simply shocked all people,” he stated.
“We’ve got tables and desks, books and the whole lot scattered far and wide on account of the earthquake, however there’s no main injury to construction or buildings,” Herming continued.
The spokesperson stated the Solomon Islands doesn’t have any huge high-rise buildings that could possibly be weak to an earthquake and famous that there was some panic across the city and visitors jams as folks tried to drive to greater floor.
The earthquake’s epicenter was within the ocean about 56 kilometers, or 35 miles, southwest of Honiara at a depth of 13 kilometers, or 8 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey stated.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Middle initially warned of attainable hazardous waves for the world however later downgraded a tsunami warning.
The Solomon Islands is positioned on the Pacific “Ring of Hearth,” an arc alongside the Pacific Ocean rim the place volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are extra frequent.
The Related Press contributed to this report.