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A tsunami warning after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake near the Solomon Islands | Solomon Islands

A tsunami warning was issued after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Solomon Islands On Tuesday, the USGS said.

The US Tsunami Warning System said waves of 30 cm to a meter could hit the Solomon Islands, with waves of up to 30 cm possible in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

The Solomon Islands Chief Minister’s office advised people to move to higher ground, but stressed that no major damage to buildings had been reported in the capital, Honiara.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred near Malango, was shallow at a depth of 10 km.

People reported violent shaking that threw televisions and other items to the floor.

Freelance journalist Charlie Berenji said he was standing outside a warehouse next to a primary and secondary school on the outskirts of the capital, Honiara, when the earthquake struck, sending children running.

He said, “The earthquake shook the place.” “It was huge. We were all shocked, everyone running everywhere.”

A Twitter account that appeared to be owned by the Attorney General posted pictures of offices filled with files and papers after the earthquake.

“This was a big one,” Joy Nisha, a receptionist at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, told AFP. “Some things fell off in the hotel. Everyone seems to be fine, but they are terrified.”

An AFP correspondent in the capital said the tremor lasted about 20 seconds.

Electricity was cut off in some areas of the city and people were leaving their offices and fleeing to higher ground.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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