A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands today, triggering a small tsunami that swept into isolated island communities and sparked tsunami alerts across the South Pacific that were later cancelled.
Damage reports were limited, and there were no reports of casualties.
The quake struck 340 km east of Kira Kira in the Solomons, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said.
A tsunami measuring 0.9 metres hit remote Temotu province in the Solomons following the quake, the center said, but it later cancelled warnings for other South Pacific islands, as well as for Australia and New Zealand, as the danger of a major destructive wave passed.
The worst damage would be to villages on the western side of a point that protects the main township.