Massive earthquake strikes the Solomon Islands, tsunami possible along the coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae

Earthquake Solomon Islands – Tsunami Waves Possible After 8.0 Quake

A powerful magnitude 8 earthquake hit the Solomon Islands 43 miles off of the coast of the island Makira. The earthquake was reportedly very deep whereas shallow quakes tend to generate larger tsunamis. Makira, also known as San Cristobal, is home to 500,000 people. The quake recalls a similarly powerful 2013 earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 that struck the Solomon Islands, creating a tsunami approximately 1.5 metres (5ft) high that damaged dozens of homes and killed 9 people.

[The Guardian – Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off of Solomon Islands, with tsunami warning across Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Papua New Guinea]