Magnitude-7.3 quake hits Solomon Islands, NO tsunami threat to Hawaii

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SYDNEY (AP) – A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.3 earthquake was located 61 kilometers (38 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck at a depth of 50 kilometers (31 miles).

It happened about 9:07 p.m. Hawaii Time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami. But the agency said quakes of this size can sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive to coasts within a few hundred kilometers of the epicenter.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

AP-WF-04-11-14 0748GMT

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