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Friday, August 17, 2007

Earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Solomons capital causing alarm and panic

Yesterday evening's earthquake had caused alarm and panic among people living along the coast of Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

Reports reaching SIBC News say some coastal dwellers in the capital left their homes for fear the earthquake might trigger a tsunami.

The earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, occurred just after 7.30pm (Solomon Time) last night.

It was centred about 73 kilometres Southwest of the capital Honiara.

There's been no reports as yet from the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal, where the Earthquake was closest.

Police were as of last night trying to establish contacts with villages in the area.

Meanwhile in the capital, there's been no reports of casualties and no visible damage. It was however expected that goods had fallen off their shelves in the shops.

Source: SIBC

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