Shallow earthquake close to San Cristobal (Solomon Islands)

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Earthquake Report comment :
A dangerous shallow earthquake (if the preliminary data are confirmed) struck close to the coastal villages on San Cristobal Island.
The depth was 17.5 km. The combination  with a magnitude 5.5 tremor makes it a potentially dangerous cocktail.
The Solomon Islands are used to earthquakes as they are located close to a fault line where 2 tectonic plates meet each other.  USGS has calculated that max. moderate to strong shaking may be expected.
5,000 people might have encountered a VI Mercalli shaking = strong shaking
13,000 people a V = Moderate shaking
No Tsunami Bulletins have been issued by NOAA at this time.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Moment Magnitude 5.5
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 12:46:25 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geo-location(s) :
10 km from San Cristobal Island, Solomon Isl.
75 km (45 miles) SE of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map (impact on the population)

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