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Multiple Quakes Rock Santa Cruz Islands; Five Dead in Tsunami

Update:
Around 5:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, all of the Tsunami advisories, watches and warnings were cancelled for the regions neighboring the earthquake sites. The aftershocks have continued Wednesday evening. According to CNN, a 3-foot tsunami wave killed 5 people.


An 8.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the Santa Cruz Islands region around 3:00 p.m. local time on Feb. 6.

The quake was followed by aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.6, according to the USGS.

A tsunami has been confirmed by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) near the epicenter of the quake, prompting the issuance of warnings for parts of the Pacific including the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna.

Watches have been issued for several areas including New Zealand and Australia. For a full list, click here.

As investigation continued, Tsunami watches and warnings were cancelled, claiming that areas like the western United States Coast and western Canada coast were in the clear.

"Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," the PTWC confirmed in a statement.