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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands near Makira

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has struck off Solomon Islands at around 8:40am this morning, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The undersea quake struck about 135 kilometres east of Kira Kira on San Cristobal Island, 295 kilometres west of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands and 370 kilometres east-southeast of the capital Honiara at a depth of 52.8 kilometres. The eartquake location was 10.582°S, 163.146°E.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii did not issue an alert.

Last year, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the western Solomons triggered a tsunami which killed more than 50 people and displaced thousands.

Sources: USGS & RNZI

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