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Two powerful quakes strike Solomon Islands

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:36 AM -

Less than a day after a powerful Magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands, people in the region are scrambling to higher ground once again after a Magnitude 7.4 quake struck the same region Sunday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled a tsunami warning soon after it was issued, indicating a small tsunami may have been generated near the offshore epicentre.

The earlier quake sparked tsunami warnings in the Solomons, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, along with tsunami watches for Fiji, Australia and Indonesia.

Reports say there were no significant injuries or damage from either earthquake, and ocean buoys only detected tsunamis of a few centimetres in height.

No tsunami warnings were issued for Hawaii or British Columbia.

The region regularly experiences earthquakes. An M8 quake in 2013 sparked a tsunami that killed at least five people.

Across the Pacific, on the other end of the seismically active region known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire," Chile experienced a Magnitude 8.2 earthquake that killed six people.

That quake struck near the port town of Iquique, and the region remains active. The USGS registered a small M4.4 quake there on Sunday morning. No damage or injuries were reported.

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