2 6.8-magnitude quakes strike off Solomon Islands

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SYDNEY: Two strong 6.8-magnitude earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands early Saturday, US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued. The first quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers, 205 kilometers from Kirakira and 448 kilometers from the capital Honiara and the second shallow quake struck just over two hours later about 159 kilometres from Kirakira. The Solomons have been rocked by several quakes of 6.0-magnitude or higher in recent days, with the most recent a 6.0 magnitude quake which hit the islands early Friday, and a 6.9 magnitude tremor the day before.

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