09 Jan '12, 8am

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake rattles Solomon Islands

SYDNEY (AFP) - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Monday struck the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Pacific's Solomons group, the USGS said, but there was no threat of a widespread tsunami, according to officials. The quake hit at a depth of 38km at about 3pm (12am Singapore time) some 350km east of Kirakira, the main city of the Solomons' major island, Makira. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was 'no destructive widespread tsunami threat' based on historical data. 'However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre,' it added.

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