Taiwan unaffected by South Pacific quake: weather bureau

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday it will not issue a tsunami warning following a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The epicenter of the earthquake was some 6,000 kilometers from Taiwan and will not likely cause any threat, according to bureau official Hsu Li-wen. The powerful quake was located 81 kilometers west of Lata, in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 5.8 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Taiwan was excluded from the tsunami warning list issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The center's warning was limited to mostly South Pacific regions, including the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Fiji. It also issued a tsunami watch for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)