6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Solomon Islands: USGS

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Solomon Islands: USGS

A 6.0-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands


Sydney:  A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early Friday, US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.

The quake struck 98 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of the capital Honiara in the early hours of Friday (around 1600 GMT Thursday) at a depth of approximately 23 kilometres (14 miles), USGS said.

The Solomons are part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2013, the Solomons were hit by a tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude quake, leaving at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless after buildings were destroyed.

 


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