Earthquakes rock Pacific islands

2013-02-06 09:31
Plot of typical eartquake. (File)

Plot of typical eartquake. (File)

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Cape Town - A series of earthquakes has rocked the Santa Cruz Islands region, north-east of Australia.

On Wednesday, an earthquake measuring 5.1-magnitutude hit at a depth of 9.8km. That was quickly followed by four more quakes of around 5-magnitude, and one at 6.3 at 08:35, local time.

Despite the quakes the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled all tsunami warnings.

Early on Wednesday, an 8-magnitude quake struck the area, and there have been 30 earthquakes in excess of 5-magnitude since then.

The region, close to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are on the so-called "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates meet, resulting in earthquakes and volcanoes.

There are no reports of injuries.


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