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Soloman Islands earthquakes: Two temblors shake Pacific

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warns of possible tsunami after two 7.0-plus-magnitude earthquakes shake Pacific Ocean.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

KIRAKIRA, Solomon Islands, April 13 (UPI) -- Two powerful earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning.

The first quake, at 7:14 a.m. local time, was a 7.6-magnitude. The second, at 11:36 p.m., was a 7.4-magnitude.

The earlier earthquake's epicenter was located at a depth of 18.2 miles, about 62 miles south-southeast of Kirakira on the Solomon Islands. The second was located at a depth of 21.7 miles about 69 miles south of Kirakira.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papa New Guinea.

“An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours,” the center warned.

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