No tsunami after 6.2 quake that struck off Malu’u, Malaita Province

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A map of Malaita Province

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) this morning issued a no tsunami threat statement after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Malaita Province.

The statement was issued at 2:50am this morning after the 2:43am tremor.

The undersea earthquake was located near Latitude 8.02 degrees South, Longitude 161.04 Degrees East approximately 64kilometres Northeast of Malu’u, Malaita Province.

However, SIMS says there was no tsunami threat to the Solomon Islands following that earthquake.

Solomon Islands are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity known for frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions.

in 2007 Western Province were hard hit by the 2007 magnitude 8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 52 people and left millions of dollars in damages.