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Jul 20, 2011

6.2 magnitude quake rattles Solomon Islands

JAKARTA - An earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude has shaken the Solomon Islands on Thursday, said experts in the United States earthquakes, but no tsunami warning has been issued.

The quake struck at 08:05 local time (05:05 GMT) at a depth of 54 kilometers east of the capital Honiara, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Geoscience Australia said the damage could occur within a radius of 37 kilometers and there are no immediate reports of damage.

"It's very small to cause a tsunami," said an official Geoscience. He added that some municipalities may feel the shocks are small, but for most people it (the quake) would just be another quake. ''They had arranged to come out from 99.9 percent sana.Kami sure there will be no damage, "he said.

In 2007, the tsunami that occurred after an earthquake measuring 8.1 magnitude killed at least 52 people in the Solomon Islands and left thousands homeless.