The authorities have not yet reported victims or material damage
a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the waters on Friday in the central region of Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, without the authorities initially reporting damage or issued a tsunami warning.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors global seismic activity, located the hypocenter 22 kilometers below the seabed and 146 kilometers west of the town of Buala, with almost 3,000 inhabitants, and 172 to the northwest of Honiara, the capital of the archipelago. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement that according to available data it does not expect the earthquake to cause a tsunami.
The Solomon Islands sit on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity shaken by some 7,000 tremors a year, most of them moderate.