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Magnitude 6 earthquake hits off Solomon Islands, no tsunami warning

The quake hit some 88 kilometres (54 miles) west of the capital Honiara at a depth of about 10 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

world Updated: Sep 14, 2016 14:49 IST
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A 6-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, officials said, but Australian seismologists said it was unlikely to generate a tsunami.
A 6-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, officials said, but Australian seismologists said it was unlikely to generate a tsunami.(Representational Image: Shutterstock)
         

A 6-magnitude quake hit off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, officials said, but Australian seismologists said it was unlikely to generate a tsunami.

The quake hit some 88 kilometres (54 miles) west of the capital Honiara at a depth of about 10 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Geoscience Australia estimated the quake at a much deeper 30 kilometres, but said it was of a 6.2 magnitude.

“It’s too small to be tsunamigenic,” Geoscience Australia’s Phil Cummins told AFP, adding that it was not in an area where it was likely to cause significant damage.

The Solomon Islands experience frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

First Published: Sep 14, 2016 14:49 IST

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