6.3 Magnitude quake strikes near Solomon Islands

A strong earthquake has shaken the South Pacific near the Solomon Islands, just days after a large earthquake and tsunami hit the country.

No tsunami watch was issued after Saturday’s quake.

The 6.3 magnitude quake struck 90 miles south-east of the provincial capital Gizo at a depth of 22 miles, the US Geological Survey reported.

On Monday, a magnitude-7.2 quake sent a tsunami up to 10 feet high crashing into the shores of Rendova Island and nearby Tetepare Island. No serious injuries were reported.

The Solomon Islands lie on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim and where about 90% of the world’s quakes occur.

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