Quake Magnitude 6.0 hit off Solomon Islands

Quake hit off the Solomon Islands. Photo / ThinkStock
Quake hit off the Solomon Islands. Photo / ThinkStock

A quake measuring magnitude 6.0 has hit off the Solomon Islands, but Australian seismologists say there is little risk of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey put the quake at 6.0-magnitude some 272 kilometres west-northwest of the capital Honiara.

With a depth of about nine kilometres, it was about 112 kilometres southeast of the western city of Gizo.

Geoscience Australia measured the quake at about 6.2-magnitude but said it was unlikely to create a tsunami or cause serious damage in the capital.

Seismologist Hugh Glanville said there may be some damage in Gizo, a centre with 6000 people.

"But the majority of the population is a bit too far away to suffer more than a bit of shaking," he said.

"And the population in the area is pretty sparse really."

The Solomon Islands form part of the Ring of Fire, a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific Ocean that is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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

- AFP

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