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Major quake hits off Solomon Islands; no tsunami threat for Hawaii

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  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
    A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lata, Solomon Islands Friday afternoon.

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit about 47 miles off of Lata in the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday afternoon.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center officials on Oahu said there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, however “hazardous tsunami waves” could strike coasts within 186 miles of the epicenter.

The temblor struck at a depth of 6.2 miles at 4:27 p.m. Hawaii time and was centered 47 miles west-northwest of Lata, according to the USGS. No injuries were immediately reported. The USGS initially reported the magnitude at 7.5 but later downgraded it.

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