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By Douglas Marau

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 23, 2008) - Four earthquakes have hit different locations in the Solomon Islands in the past seven days, the National Disaster Management Office reports.

According to Julian Maka’a, the Disaster’s Office Media Personnel, the first one occurred on Thursday last week at 5:22 p.m. at 30 km south of Sirovanga in the Choiseul province.

"This was a 4.9 quake at a depth of 135.2 km or 84 miles," he said.

Mr. Maka’a added that the second quake occurred on over the weekend on Saturday at 7:02 a.m. at 80 km south east of the capital Honiara.

He added that the earthquake measured at 5.2 at a depth of 46.6 km.

He said on the same day at 9:33 a.m. another quake measured up to 5.4 at 70 km also hit south east of Honiara.

"This one was at a depth of 35 km," Maka’a said.

The fourth one, he said, occurred yesterday morning at 85 km South South East of KiraKira in the Makira/Ulawa province.

The NDC said they have not received any reports of any damages or casualties from locations near the epicenter of the earthquakes.

"However, this again shows how vulnerable Solomon Islands is in regards to earthquakes. This is because we are located between two tectonic plates, the Australian and Pacific plates," Maka’a said.

He warned people around the country to take precaution and know the dangers of earthquakes that might lead to disasters such as a tsunami.

"Our usual warning for communities is that if you feel a very strong quake that makes you fall to the ground, get up as soon as possible and run for higher ground because this is a sign of a tsunami," he said.

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