6.7 earthquake strikes near the Solomon Islands

  • 20/01/2017
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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands at a depth of 33 kms, the US Geological Survey says.

New Zealander Jane Rutledge, who works in the Solomons capital of Honiara, says the quake was "a long one".

"We evacuated our building as a precaution but work has resumed now."

There was no tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology also tweeted that there was no immediate tsunami threat.