Friday, 22 July 2011 7:40 AM

6.2 Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands this morning, but no tsunami warning was issued.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck after 8 yesterday morning at a depth of 54 kilometres around 260 kilometres east of the capital Honiara.

GeoScience Australia said damage would have occurred within a 37 kilometre radius and there were no immediate reports of any destruction.

A GeoScience official said the quake was too small to create a tsunami.

He said some small townships may have felt a moderate shake, but for most of the population it may have gone unnoticed.

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

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