Moderate earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands

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Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:51 PM
Moderate earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A moderate earthquake has struck in waters off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.2 quake struck Saturday morning about 281 kilometers (175 miles) west of the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara, at a depth of just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

The Solomon Islands is a country of nearly 1,000 islands that lie on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim.