6.0-magnitude earthquake jolts Solomon Islands

People walk past water clogged with debris at a port in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara after flooding on Friday, April 4, 2014. A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, b
People walk past water clogged with debris at a port in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara after flooding on Friday, April 4, 2014. A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The tremor, at a depth of 63km, hit at 10.40 pm local time, some 30km west of the city of Kirakira.

The USGS issued a "green alert", indicating there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The Solomons are part of the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In February last year, the islands were struck by a major 8.0 magnitude quake that generated small but deadly tsunami waves which washed away houses and reached as far away as Japan.

In 2007, a tsunami following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 52 people in the Solomons and left thousands homeless. The quake lifted an entire island and pushed out its shoreline by dozens of metres.

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