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8.0 Earthquake Triggers Minor Tsunami

An 8.0 earthquake registered off the Solomon Island chain in the South Pacific early Wednesday (UTC).

Five people have been reported dead and several others were injured.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami that impacted some inhabited areas of the Solomon Islands. There were reports of a 3-foot wave moving ashore and damaging structures.

Many 4.0-6.6 magnitude aftershocks continued to rumble several hours after the initial earthquake.

Neither the Hawaiian Islands nor the US western coastline were ever under a threat of a tsunami according to the West Coast and Alaskan Tsunami Warning Center.

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