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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