Third strong quake in two weeks hits off Solomon Islands

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands on Dec 18, 2016.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands on Dec 18, 2016.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM USGS

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday (Dec 18), the US Geological Survey said, the third strong tremor off the Pacific nation in less than two weeks.

The quake hit at 4.46pm local time (1.46pm Singapore) at a depth of 39km about 83km west-northwest of Kirakira, the USGS added.

On Dec 10 a 6.9-magnitude quake struck off Kirakira.

The previous day a 7.7-magnitude tremor triggered severe shaking and a tsunami warning, although there were no reports of serious damage.