April 11th, 2010
06:55 AM ET

6.8-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday, but did not pose a tsunami threat, the National Weather Service said.

The quake's epicenter was 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Kira Kira, the capital of the Makira-Ulawa province.

"Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no threat to Hawaii," the weather service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Yula Jeffrey, a worker at a hotel in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, said the quake was powerful but the streets were largely calm.

The hotel, Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, did not suffer any damage, he said.

The quake originally was reported as a 7.0-magnitude event, but was revised to 6.8.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. What is going on?

    So, what going on, looks like this year is going to be "The Earthquakes Year".....Scientist say that the epicenters of earthqukes near poplation zones is making the frequency of earthquakes look more but why only this year they are centred around these areas ????????

    April 11, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. alvaro sevilla

    Due to global warming we modificated the natural mechanical balance between the earth rotataion (1,690 km/hrs.), within the solar atraction to all planets in solar system at 270 km/seg and the natural force with the milky way at 272 km/seg. Please take note that the ice slices on north and south pole are more skinny and reduce on size, inclusive the last two big sizes with 1.5 million of tons of ice.

    April 11, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    There were 2 earthquakes today, the other one was in Spain. People have to wonder what's going on with the planet. Don't rely on scientists to make up a statement when you can look to the bible for the answers. Religious fanatics have a justified reason to believe it's the end times based on a book that was written thousands of years ago. Don't look to the scientists to explain what's happening around the world so quickly starting in 2010. It's only going to get worse more quickly.

    April 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. C Mark

    Re – What is going on?.. I thought about the same thing. 30+ yrs ago read some articles about Nostradomis, Edgar Cayce, Myans, etc. The current info on cable TV makes it even more intriguing.

    April 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. matt

    Because now every earthquake, no matter how inconsequential it is, is being reported.
    Just like this one.

    April 12, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
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