The Soloman Islands were hit by a large, 8.0, earthquake today. The earthquake triggered a tsunami locally, which wiped out towns in the Soloman Islands and killed a small number of people. Thankfully, there are warning systems in place that notified other communities that could have been in the path of the tsunami (CNN). My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones and the families that have lost their homes.
There are still fears that are associated with large earth quakes and more information is coming in on the specifics of the quake. According to the USGS, the depth was changed to near 28.7 km from a more shallow depth previously recorded in the day (CNN, USGS). The earthquake was recorded at 10.738 degrees S and 165.138 E, which is on the westeren edge of the Soloman Islands (USGS).