Quake hits off Solomon Islands


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

The quake struck 98 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the capital Honiara in the early hours of Friday (around 4 pm on Thursday Manila time) at a depth of approximately 23 kilometers (14 miles), US Geological Survey 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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