August 2015 – SOLOMON ISLANDS – A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey says. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, struck at 5:49 a.m. on Thursday. The earthquake’s epicenter was 175 km southeast of Gizo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, which was shallow at a depth of only 39 km, had not triggered a tsunami.
This is the second quake to hit the Solomon Islands, on Monday, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Solomon Islands. Monday’s quake’s epicenter was located 214 km west of Honiara at an estimated depth of 10 km. Residents in the capital who felt the quake say it was strong enough to shake larger buildings and was followed by mild aftershocks. –Radio NZ