Magnitude 8.0 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Temblor is the largest in a month of seismic activity on Australian-Pacific plate boundary

By Erin Wayman, 11:57 AM February 6, 2013

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off Santa Cruz Island, part of the Solomon Islands, in the southwest Pacific Ocean February 6 at 12:12 p.m. local time. The quake triggered a tsunami and numerous aftershocks, including at least three with magnitudes greater than 6.0.

The tsunami killed at least five people and damaged homes in several villages, according to a Reuters news story.  

The quake hit 81 kilometers west of the town of Lata on Santa Cruz Island, at a depth of 28.7 kilometers beneath t...

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