The quake hit at a depth of 8.9 kilometres, 92 kilometres from Kirakira and 334 kilometres from the capital Honiara. It struck at 3:35 am (local time) today.
The Solomons are part of the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', a zone of tectonic activity known for its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
In 2013, the Solomons were hit by a tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude quake, leaving at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless after buildings were destroyed.

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