August 12, 2015 / 7:19 PM / 2 years ago

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Solomon Islands in the Pacific: USGS

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

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