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Five killed in Solomons after Pacific quake triggers tsunami

  • At lease five people have been killed after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in a remote part of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday.

    The quake struck 211 miles east of Kira Kira in the Solomons, according to thi Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, which issued warnings for the Solomons and other South Pacific nations, including Australia and New Zealand. It later cancelled the warnings for the outlying regions.

    A tsunami measuring three feet hit near the town of Lata on the isolated Santa Cruz island while more than three dozen aftershocks up to magnitude 6.6 rocked

    The Solomons form part of the geologically active "Pacific Ring of Fire" and were hit by a deadly tsunami following an 8.1 magnitude quake in 2007. At least 50 people were killed then and dozens missing.

    Visit Santa Cruz islands earthquake map