The Painel Global shows that a powerful earthquake of 7.8 degrees in the Richter scale was recorded 68km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC (08/12). The violent quake had its epicenter estimated to 41 km depth, under the coordinates 10.66S and 161.33E. Despite the great intensity, depth at which the event ocurred favors the dissipation of energy before reaching the surface. When it occurs in the ocean, events in this intensity and depth can trigger the formation and alerts of tsunamis.
According to the last 59 seismic records reported in the last 48 hours, the event of greater intensity occurred 68km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands , at 17:38 UTC of the day 08/12. The event was located 41 km depth, and according to the USGS, United States Geological Survey, the magnitude of the quake was calculated in 7.8 degrees. Of the total number of events, 48 of them were classified as mild and 9 reached the status of moderates. Only one of the tremors was rated among strong and very strong. (Marco Antonio)