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6.0-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands

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6.0-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands

/ 06:44 AM March 20, 2017
This map from the website of the United States Geographical Society (USGS) shows the epicenter of the magnitude 6 quake that hit off the Solomon Islands before dawn Monday, March 20, 2017. USGS MAP

This map from the website of the United States Geographical Society (USGS) shows the epicenter of the magnitude 6 quake that hit off the Solomon Islands before dawn Monday, March 20, 2017. USGS MAP

HONG KONG, China — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 02:43 am local time (1543 GMT Sunday) at a depth of 4.0 kilometers (2.5 miles), some 170 kilometers north-northeast of the capital city Honiara, the USGS said.

No tsunami warning was issued.

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The Solomon Islands are part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity known for frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2007 an 8.0-magnitude quake in the Solomon Islands claimed 52 lives and left thousands homeless when it created a 10-metre tsunami. CBB

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