13 Aug 2015

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Solomons

7:30 am on 13 August 2015
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Photo: US Geological Survey

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday Its epicenter was 175 km southeast of Gizo.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 39 km, had not triggered a tsunami.

This is the second quake to hit the Solomon Islands, on Monday, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Solomon Islands.

Monday's quake's epicentre was located 214 kms west of Honiara at an estimated depth of 10 kms.

Residents in the capital who felt the quake say it was strong enough to shake larger buildings and was followed by mild aftershocks.