7.8 Earthquake off Solomon Islands

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SMH (.com): A tsunami warning has been cancelled for parts of the South Pacific after a strong earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) had initially warned that hazardous waves of up to three metres could have been generated by the 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck at 4.38am AEDT at a depth of 49 kilometres.

A humanitarian agency says initial reports from the Solomon Islands suggest 3000 people have been affected by the earthquake and many buildings damaged.

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