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Powerful quake strikes Solomon Islands

A strong, 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific on Saturday, seismologists said, but there was no immediate tsunami warning.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2010 12:28 IST

A strong, 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific on Saturday, seismologists said, but there was no immediate tsunami warning.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was measured at a depth of about 35 kilometres (22 miles) and struck 146 kilometres southeast of the town of Gizo.

Like much of the Pacific, the Solomons regularly experiences earthquakes.