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    Live Update: 'Potential marine threat' following quake off Solomon Islands

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    A powerful earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands, and generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 metres that damaged dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain, but authorities cancelled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 8.0 quake struck at 01:12 GMT on Wednesday near the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands nation, which have been hit by a series of strong tremors over the past week. Al Jazeera's Adrian Finighan gets the latest from Jono Hutchison, a reporter for TV3 New Zealand.