Quake hits off Solomon Islands

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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.

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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.

AFP

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