Five dead as quake hits Solomon Islands

Moscow, Feb 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least five people were reported dead after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean Wednesday.

The quake reportedly struck 5.8 km deep near the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Solomon Islands nation.

Those who died were residents of Lata district of the Santa Cruz islands, according to a Solomon Islands police official.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna islands.

A tsunami watch was also in effect for Samoa, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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