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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Solomon Islands

The quake struck at 02:43 am local time (1543 GMT Sunday) at a depth of 4.0 kilometres (2.5 miles), some 170 kilometres north-northeast of the capital city Honiara. No tsunami warning was issued.

world Updated: Mar 20, 2017 00:51 IST
An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Monday.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Monday.(Representative image)

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 02:43 am local time (1543 GMT Sunday) at a depth of 4.0 kilometres (2.5 miles), some 170 kilometres north-northeast of the capital city Honiara, the USGS said.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The Solomon Islands are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity known for frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2007 an 8.0-magnitude quake in the Solomon Islands claimed 52 lives and left thousands homeless when it created a 10-metre tsunami.