No Taiwan nationals hurt in Solomon Islands quake
CNATAIPEI--No one at the R.O.C. Embassy or technical mission in the Solomon Islands was injured in an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the South Pacific island-state Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
February 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Staff members at the R.O.C. Embassy in Honiara were all safe and the quake was not felt in the capital, said ministry spokesman Steve Hsia.
The earthquake was centered about 500 kilometers from Honiara, he noted.
The Taiwan embassy has made contact with all Taiwanese businessmen and other nationals in the Solomon Islands and no injuries have been reported, Hsia said.
International news agencies have reported at least five people dead and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed by the powerful earthquake near the Solomon Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning for the island nations of the South Pacific after the quake occurred but canceled it about two and half hours later, according to The United States Geological Survey.