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Tsunami warning issued after massive 7.6-magnitude quake

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A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck late Saturday near the Solomon Islands, generating a tsunami warning for much of the South Pacific region, officials said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii said it did not know whether a tsunami had been generated, but issued a warning because of its strength. The warning area includes the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Nauru.

A tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Australia, New Zealand and America Samoa.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially estimated at a magnitude 8.3, occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles). The USGS said it occurred about 60 miles south-southeast of Kirakira, Solomon Islands.