At least 5 killed as South Pacific quake triggers 3-foot tsunami

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At least five people have been killed after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific generated a 3-foot tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and local news reports. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake — with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 — struck Wednesday in the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of about 3 miles. The Santa Cruz Islands are scarcely populated and are part of the Solomon Islands.

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