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April 15, 2014
Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS
Sydney (AFP) April 13, 2014
A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday night, hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, but it later cancelled the alert for all three areas. The USGS said the quake - which it had initially assessed at 7.7 - occurred at 11:36pm local time (1236 GMT) at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles), 111 kilometres south o ... read more

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