Solomon Islands Rocked By Magnitude 5 Earthquake

51km W of Honiara, Solomon Islands

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) strikes 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Honiara in Solomon Islands on Tuesday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us100069av. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us100069av. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 22.6 km (14 miles). The 5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 08:24:20 / 8:24 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 01/08/16 / 2016-08-01 21:24:20 / August 1, 2016 @ 9:24 pm. Exact location, longitude 159.4816° East, latitude -9.4272° South, depth = 22.6 km.

Epicenter of the event was 51 km (32 miles) from Honiara (c. 56 300 pop), 82 km (51 miles) from Tulaghi (c. 1 800 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Tulaghi, Honiara (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Solomon Islands (c. 559 000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year.

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