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Strong earthquake off Solomon Islands poses no tsunami threat


A strong earthquake off the coast of the Solomon Island Thursday evening does not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii of the Pacific basin, according to officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The 6.5-magnitude quake struck about 100 miles west of the capital, Honiara, at a depth of 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake caused the ground to shake in Honiara for about 10 seconds, said Steve Nasiu, an official with the Solomon’s National Disaster Management Office. There were no reports of damage or injuries, he said.

The Solomon Islands, home to 600,000 people, lie on the “Ring of Fire” — the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

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