7.8 Earthquake Rocks South Pacific

(CNN) — An major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Thursday morning near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific near the earthquake’s epicenter, which was in the ocean about 160 miles (260 km) south of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, in the Solomons’ Temotu Province.

The center also issued a tsunami advisory, meaning the possibility of a tsunami exists, for Hawaii and said further evaluation of the event could see the threat alert elevated.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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