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  • 12 April 2014, 22:56

Tsunami Alert After Solomon Islands Earthquake

A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) put out the alert for Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but cancelled it just over an hour later.

The earthquake hit at around 7.14am local time, 100km (62 miles) southeast of the town of Kirakira.

The tremors hit at a depth of 33km (20 miles), according to scientists.

"Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated," said the PTWC. "It may have been destructive along coats near the earthquake epicenter."

However, no injuries or damage have so far been reported.

Other coastal areas of the Pacific could experience "small sea level changes, added the PTWC.

The magnitude of the quake was first thought to be 8.3 but was quickly downgraded.

The US Geological Survey says the area of the earthquake "is one of the most seismically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates".