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Tsunami warning issued after major quake in South Pacific

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific has generated a tsunami that may be destructive near the epicentre. The Hawaii-based agency said sea level readings indicate a tsunami formed after the major quake struck Wednesday near the Solomon Islands. More distant coasts may be threatened. The quake occurred near Lata in Temotu province, the easternmost province of the Solomons, about a three-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. The region has a population of around 30,000 people. “There was no immediate report of damages or any accidents,” said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister. “We’ve been hoping that reports will come in from the responsible authorities … very soon.”

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