February 5th, 2013
09:35 PM ET

5 dead after powerful quake strikes in South Pacific

[Posted at 9:35 p.m. ET] An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami that killed five people but didn't threaten the wider region.

Four elderly people and one child died after the roughly 1-meter (3-feet) high wave hit the Santa Cruz Islands, an eastern region of the Solomon Islands, said Augustine Bilve, a director at a hospital in Lata, the main town in the area.

The strong waves appeared to have caused damage and disruption at the local airport and nearby villages.

Bilve said that some patients were being relocated, but the hospital was intact.

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[Posted at 9:35 p.m. ET] An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Southwest Pacific early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, sparking a tsunami warning.

The center of the quake was located some 360 miles east-southeast of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, the USGS said. It was reported to be 3.6 miles deep.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A tsunami watch was in effect for more places: the Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau, Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima and Belau.

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  1. Katie Lamber

    Prayers go out to the people that died. They will be missed.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. This is not Harley Davidson ;)

    That would be realy devistating.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim is the man

    This is a very sad thing that happened.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jemimah

    its getting closer to the end of the world i just know it

    February 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mick

    Why does CNN use two totally different ways to post comments?

    February 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |