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No tsunami generated as moderate quakes rattle Pacific

The latest is a 6.2-magnitude temblor near the Solomons

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:16 a.m. HST, Feb 1, 2013

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake Thursday evening near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific has generated no Pacific-wide tsunami, scientists said.

The quake stuck at 7:36 p.m. Hawaii time in the Santa Cruz Islands, just under 400 miles east-southeast of Honiara, Solomon Islands, and 790 miles north-northwest of Port-Vila, Vanuatu.

The epicenter was in the ocean at a depth of 4.4 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It was part of a flurry of moderate quakes around the Pacific in the last day or so.

Hours earlier, a 5.9-magnitude quake hit about 50 miles east-southeast of Lae, Papua, New Guinea.

Quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.6 to 5.1 struck earlier Thursday in an area from 50 to 60 miles south-southwest of the Solomon Islands.

A magnitude-6.7 quake hit central Chile at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, Hawaii time, the USGS said.

At 6:33 p.m. Wednesday, a 6.2-magnitude quake rumbled the ocean floor about 446 miles east of Honiara and 505 miles north-northwest of Port-Vila.

And at 11:53 p.m. Wednesday, a 6.0-magnitude quake shook an already-battered region along the southern tip of Alaska, about 190 miles south of Juneau. The Alaskan Earthquake Center reported that the tremor is an aftershock of the magnitude 7.5 quake that shook this same area on Jan. 5.

That is just north of where a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) in October. No damage or injuries have been reported from the latest quake.

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