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Tsunami Warning Lifted for South Pacific Following Large Quake

Authorities have lifted a tsunami warning for the South Pacific that was put in place after a powerful earthquake hit the Solomon Islands on Wednesday.

Several homes are reported to have been destroyed by the magnitude-8 quake and ensuing tsunami that struck the island chain. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centers says a .9 meter tsunami that hit the Solomons "may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter." But it has canceled all tsunami watches and warnings for the area, after having put much of the South Pacific on alert.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the initial quake struck near the Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomons at a depth of about six kilometers. Powerful aftershocks of 6.4 and 6.6 magnitude were later recorded.



The Solomon Islands are part of the so-called "Ring of Fire," a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific Ocean that is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

More than 50 people died in April 2007 when a magnitude-8.1 earthquake hit the western Solomons.

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