Sunday, April 11, 2010

Strong Earthquake Hits Off Solomon Islands

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A powerful earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

The location of the earthquake

The US Geological Survey said the 7.1 magnitude quake hit southwest of the Kira Kira Island, with the epicentre around 130 miles away from the capital Honiara.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said they do not expect a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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 where around 90 per cent of the world's quakes occur.

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