MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported no threat of a tsunami from the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that shook the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning.
In its advisory, the agency said that the strong tremor that occurred at around 9:32 a.m. (Philippine time) specifically 677 kilometers west-northwest of Honiara, Solomon Islands or 105 kilometers west-southwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, with a depth of 64.3 kilometers, posed no threat of a tsunami to the country.
It further stated, “No destructive Pacific-wide threat exists based on the historical and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coast located within a hundred kilometers of the epicenter.”
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the earthquake, which happened at 1:32 a.m. UTC (universal time coordinated), did not generate a tsunami.
“A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” it stated adding that it was the only bulletin that the center would be issuing for the event.