Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes off Solomon islands: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the second powerful tremor in the islands to Australia`s north in less than two weeks.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016, 13:17 PM IST

Sydney: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the Solomon Islands on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the second powerful tremor in the islands to Australia`s north in less than two weeks . 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said the quake, which was centred some 120 km (70 miles) northwest of Kira Kira at a depth of s 44 km, had not triggered any tsunami threat. 

It came less than two weeks after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck off the Solomons, perched on the geologically active "Pacific Ring of Fire", triggering a tsunami warning for a wide swath of the South Pacific that sent hundreds of villagers rushing to higher ground.