Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Solomon Islands in the Pacific: USGS

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 12, 2015 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday (2.49 p.m. EDT on Wednesday). Its epicenter was 109 miles (175 km) southeast of Gizo.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 24.3 miles (39 km), had not triggered a tsunami.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney)