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Strong quake rattles Solomon Islands

Published: 5:18PM Monday January 09, 2012 Source: Reuters

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    Source: Reuters

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded 363 kilometres east of Kira Kira and 593km from Solomon Islands' capital Honiara, in the Pacific Ocean today at 5.07pm NZT (0407 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.

The Hawaii-based USPacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no destructive tsunami generated.

The quake was first reported at magnitude 6.7.

The undersea tremor would have been felt on the nearest islands, but would not cause serious damage.

The Solomon Islands is on a tectonic plate margin in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and frequently hosts earthquakes.

In 2007 a tsunami following an 8.1-magnitude earthquake killed at least 52 people in the Solomon Islands and left thousands homeless.