Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Between PNG, Solomons

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Quake hits near Shortland Islands, local tsunami warnings issued

By PNG Correspondent Liam Cochrane

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 7, 2015) – A magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes in the Pacific between Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, prompting a local tsunami warning.

Any threat from a possible tsunami in Solomon Islands has passed, after the latest earthquake in the volatile area.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the northern waters of Solomon Island, near the Shortland Islands.

It was relatively shallow, but the epicentre was offshore and no injuries or damage have been reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said hazardous waves were possible but would have now passed.

It is latest tremor to shake the Pacific Ring of Fire, after a magnitude-7.4 quake on Tuesday near Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province and two smaller earthquakes last week.

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