Monday, 23 December 2013 7:56 AM

Earthquake Hits Lata, 5.1 Magnitude

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Lata East of the Solomon Islands. The epicenter of the earthquake was underwater at a depth of 25.6 km (15.9 m). No tsunami warning was issued for the surrounding area.

The area is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, though closer to the southern end. The eastern edge of the Australian tectonic plate frequently grinds against the western edge of the Pacific plate, creating the perfect recipe for earth-shaking.

The last time the area had a significant earthquake was in February, when the area was dealt with an earthquake originally measured at 7.1 then upgraded to 8.0 magnitude. That quake did not immediately trigger tsunami warnings either.

The quake hit on a Friday and that Wednesday a wave approximately 1m (3 feet) struck and was blamed for the death of four elderly people and a child  in the Santa Cruz Islands.  Other surrounding areas saw no evidence of tsunami activity at that time.



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