Earthquake overview : at 10:20 PM local time a very strong earthquake occurred just off the coast of Guadalcanal, one of the main islands of the archipelago
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Update 26/07 – 08:32 UTC : 1 person was reported injured and it is now confirmed that a few houses have been destroyed.
Important Update 23:88 UTC : According to the National Emergency Operation Centre of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Honiara the earthquake was measured at 6.5 with its epicenter approx. 37 km South West of Honiara.
A lot of people have evacuated to higher grounds and stayed there for the night even after the National Emergency Operation Center said 1 hour after the quake that there were no tsunami threats based on historical data and analysis.
Damage has been inflicted to infrastructure and houses and some unconfirmed reports from Honiara said that a few houses have collapsed because of damage to cement and concrete.
Update : The epicenter of this earthquake is located at the South-Western part of the island. Just south of this epicenter is a very deep trench were 2 tectonic plates are subducting under each other. The earthquakes are triggered by the cumulated stress of one of the “hanging” plates.
The epicenter of the earthquake is very close to the coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara, the capital of the islands is at only 37 km. Solomon islands are used to very strong to even massive earthquakes. Bit normally the epicenter of most of the earthquakes is out in the Ocean. Today’s earthquake is almost below the island itself. The hypocenter depth is currently set at 22,9 km although other agencies are giving also deeper hypocenters.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 6.5
UTC Time : Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:20:27 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 10:20:27 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 22.9 km
37 km (23 miles) SW (220°) from HONIARA, Solomon Islands
152 km (94 miles) SW (225°) from Auki, Solomon Islands
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|USGS||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 21:43 PM||5.1||18||MAP I Felt It|
|EMSC||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 21:43 PM||5.1||18||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 21:43 PM||5.1||22||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 20:01 PM||4.8||38||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 12:35 PM||4.8||25||MAP I Felt It|
|EMSC||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 12:35 PM||4.8||30||MAP I Felt It|
|USGS||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 11:20 AM||6.6||113||MAP I Felt It|
|USGS||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 11:20 AM||6.6||114||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 11:20 AM||6.3||23||MAP I Felt It|
|USGS||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 11:20 AM||6.5||22||MAP I Felt It|
|EMSC||Solomon Islands||Jul 25 11:20 AM||6.3||20||MAP I Felt It|
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