2nd quake in a day strikes off Solomon Islands, of magnitude 7.5; tsunami warning sparked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning in the area, the United States Geological Survey and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.7, was shallow, only 35km below the seabed, and centered 113km south of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands, which have been racked by a series of strong quakes in recent days.

The Tsunami Warning Centre said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had actually been generated but a warning was in effect in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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