6.9-magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS

HONIARA, June 26, (AFP) -A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, updating its initial estimate of a 7.1-magnitude quake.

No immediate threat of a destructive tsunami was reported. The quake struck at a depth of about 30 kilometres (19 miles) with an epicentre 40 kilometres southwest of Kira Kira, on Makira Island, and 224 kilometres southeast of the capital, Honiara, at 4.30 pm (0530 GMT), the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin saying “no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

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