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Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands

(CBS SF) – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 9:38 a.m. Thursday Pacific Time (4:38 a.m. Friday local time), about 130 miles southeast of the capital Honiara. The earthquake's depth is 25 miles.

An earlier report from the USGS said the earthquake was a magnitude 8.0.

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According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami watch for the State of Hawaii has been canceled. The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center, which covers the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, said there are no advisories at this time.

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